Gardner Minshew had his worst game as the Jaguars' starting quarterback in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Texans in London on Sunday.
He also remains the best choice as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, despite the team deciding Tuesday to go back to a healthy Nick Foles for Week 11 against the Colts and presumably the rest of the 2019 NFL season.
The rookie sensation is back to bench, as unfortunately Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal to be the veteran starter, is likely being played again because he's being paid a lot more.
Since Foles went down with a broken collarbone in Week 1, Minshew far exceeded expectations as a sixth-round elevated backup. With his dynamic passing and running, he has been one of the NFL's best QBs, period, no matter the level of experience. The Jaguars have gone 4-4 with him starting, and he played well enough for his team to win two of those games they lost.
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Minshew picked a bad time to have his roughest outing in Week 9. Although he did have considerable trouble with a strong Saints defense in Week 6, his performance against the Texans (27-of-47, 309 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 2 lost fumbles, 59.6 passer rating) was the clear low of his short career.
The money paid to Foles and the experience he gives the Jaguars are only two flimsy reasons to go with him. There were four much better reasons to stick with Minshew.
Gardner Minshew makes the Jaguars relevant.
The Jaguars might not have a real shot at AFC playoff contention at 4-5, but whether you call it "magic" or "mania," the moustachioed Minshew has put them on the map nationally and reinvigorated the fan base locally. He is fun to watch and has done more to help them win than lose.
His wacky, whip-smart personality is one thing, but his ability to extend plays with his feet and deliver big passes downfield is another.
This is not a forced Tim Tebow-type thing. Minshew has proved he belongs on the field.
Gardner Minshew makes game-planning against the Jaguars tougher.
In terms of off-script playmaking with his arm and legs, Minshew is not yet on the level of the Texans' Deshaun Watson. But Houston coach Bill O'Brien told reporters after Sunday's game there was a conscious effort to keep Minshew contained with a controlled pass rush, as the Texa