The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to enter a new era this offseason. While the chapter the team is closing wasn't exactly successful, the last two years were a pretty fun ride. And that's due to the emergence of Gardner Minshew.
Minshew dramatically exceeded expectations as a rookie in 2019. In fact, the Mississippi Mustache is actually one of just four QBs in NFL history that attempted at least 450 passes as a rookie and posted an adjusted yards per attempt mark (AY/A) above 7.20. The other three names to do so are rising stars in: Dak Prescott (8.60), Justin Herbert (7.57) and Baker Mayfield (7.48).
And though injuries ruined his sophomore campaign, he was a lot better than you might think before a thumb issue torpedoed his season.
With Jacksonville likely selecting Trevor Lawrence atop the 2021 NFL Draft, Minshew is starting to generate some trade buzz around the league. Though the Jaguars haven't seemed willing to deal him quite yet, there are plenty of teams that could use his services.
Here are the three most likely trade destinations for Minshew in 2021.
3. Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team just signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, so why not go out and get the man who looks destined to be FitzMagic's heir apparent. Both QBs make electric plays and are unique, charismatic figures who have endeared themselves to fans and teammates alike. With an elite defense and a suddenly strong skill-position group, Washington could make some noise if it gets better QB play in 2021. Minshew would be a great backup to Fitz and he has enough potential to take the reins in 2022.
2. New England Patriots
Similarly, the New England Patriots feel like they're a QB away from being an AFC power again. There's certainly a possibility of a resurgence from Cam Newton, but that's far from a sure thing. And he has dealt with plenty of injuries over the course of his career, including last season. Minshew could step in and win this team some games were Newton to go down. Plus, who wouldn't want to see the famously stoic Bill Belichick coaching a personality like Minshew?
1. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are ready to contend right now. Whether or not we can say the same about Jimmy Garoppolo is a different story. Considering the injuries he's dealt with over the years, this team is going to need a proven backup. That guy isn't on the roster right now, and the options GM John Lynch is bringing in don't exactly inspire much confidence. Minshew would be a big-time upgrade over last year's backup Nick Mullens, and he'd be able to keep this team afloat were Jimmy G to struggle or get injured. If anyone can unlock Minshew's potential, it's probably Kyle Shanahan.
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