Jaguars' Week 1 Starting Quarterback Odds Heavily Favor Gardner Minshew

Zach Brunner
Gardner Minshew is the odds favorite to be the Jaguars' starter.
Gardner Minshew is the odds favorite to be the Jaguars' starter. / James Gilbert/Getty Images
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled with stability at the quarterback position ever since the team was founded back in 1995. The 2020 season may not be any different, with a number of players rumored to still be headed to Jacksonville.

However, the odds to be the Jaguars' Week 1 starting quarterback continue to heavily favor Gardner Minshew (-300), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Minshew was the sixth-round rookie that dominated headlines last season, with the craze surrounding him being called "Minshew Mania." He was thrust into the starting position after a Week 1 injury to Nick Foles, and Minshew played well enough for the Jaguars to trade away Foles this offseason.

Many hope that a full offseason to work as the starter can help Minshew improve upon his 60.6 completion percentage. Still, he brought a spark into the offense that Foles couldn't. He led a below-average team to a 6-6 record in his 12 starts, and he even led three game-winning drives.

While Minshew should be given the first crack at the starting job, it would be surprising if the Jaguars did not make any more moves at quarterback. In fact, following Minshew, the odds to be Jacksonville's Week 1 starter favor names that aren't currently on the roster, including Andy Dalton (+550), Cam Newton (+750), Jameis Winston (+750) and Jordan Love (+1300).

The player with the worst odds on the list, Joshua Dobbs (+3800), is the only quarterback other than Minshew that's currently signed to the team.

While Minshew is the heavy favorite to open as Jacksonville's Week 1 starter, the rest of the list suggests that the Jaguars could be looking into some alternatives this offseason.


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