The legend of Gardner Minshew II continues to grow. After trailing 17-6 at halftime in Week 4, the man known as the Mississippi Mustache led the Jacksonville Jaguars to 20 second-half points and a 26-24 win over the Denver Broncos.
Minshew Mania has seemingly reached a fever pitch, and for good reason as the rookie has been extremely impressive through the first four games of his NFL career. So much so that Minshew has scored more FanDuel fantasy points (69.40) than future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers (67.06).
Minshew's 106.9 passer rating is the sixth-best mark in the NFL, and puts him above players like Philip Rivers (105.8) Tom Brady (97.5) and Rodgers (95.4). While it will likely be difficult for the rookie to continue to outpace these top veteran QBs, Minshew's emergence has been one of the most exciting storylines from the first quarter of the season.
That he's managed to play a such a high level while the Jaguars are dealing with the fall out from All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey's trade request is nothing short of remarkable.
Minshew and the Jaguars draw a daunting matchup against a stout Carolina Panthers defense in Week 5, but he's 2-1 as a starter and has proven capable of delivering under the brightest lights.
Above all else, the sixth-round draft pick has given Jacksonville fans hope after Nick Foles' brutal collarbone injury. For a player that wasn't expected to contribute being able to score more fantasy points than an all-time great should be enough to add to his ever-growing reputation.
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