The Jacksonville Jaguars Don't Need to Sign a Quarterback
There have been plenty of rumors swirling about the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially signing or drafting a quarterback this offseason. In fact, they're favored to sign or acquire all three of Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston according to odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, Jacksonville shouldn't be so quick to rush out and sign a new quarterback when they've already got a great one on the roster: Gardner Minshew.
Gardner Minshew Jaguars
Last season, Minshew had the 13th-best adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) average in the NFL. That put him just one spot behind Aaron Rodgers. While he wasn't exactly pushing the ball downfield frequently, posting a bottom-six average depth of target (aDOT), he was an extremely efficient passer.
And he did so while doing an excellent job taking care of the ball. His 1.3 percent interception rate was tied for the sixth-best mark among all passers. He struggled with fumbles, but it's fair to put some of the blame on an offensive line that only gave him an average of 2.4 seconds before collapsing, which was tied for the second-worst mark in the league.
While Minshew's numbers are far from elite, he undoubtedly proved he belongs at the NFL level. And with some natural improvement in his second season, and some upgrades to Jacksonville's O-Line and skill-position group, he could be even better in 2020.
But perhaps the most valuable thing Minshew brings to the table is his contract. Assuming he can maintain starter-level play next season, he'll have the cheapest contract among all starting passers. How valuable that is can't really be understated. It would allow Jacksonville to fill out this roster in ways that teams with $30 million QBs can't even begin to consider.
There are plenty of rumors connecting the Jaguars to one of these available signal-callers, but Jacksonville's best move is to stand pat, and move forward with Minshew.
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