JACKSONVILLE - Jacksonville Jaguars rookie and former WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew II made the most of some unexpected playing time Sunday when starter Nick Foles left the game with a broken collarbone.
The sixth-round pick stepped into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs late in the first quarter after Foles went down. Minshew completed his first 13 passes and finished 22-of-25 with two touchdowns and one interception in a 40-26 loss.
“I think that Gardner, I feel better about him now, today, after week 1 than I did probably during the preseason,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the game. “I think the work during the preseason was able to get him ready for things like this.”
Foles, who is expected to miss significant time and could be placed on the injured reserve, was also impressed with Minshew’s ability to lead the offense.
“That’s not easy being a rookie against a talented team like the Chiefs,” Foles said. “He did a really nice job of moving the chains, throwing a couple touchdowns and being really efficient so I was really proud of him for stepping up.”
"One guy in particular, @BrandonLinder65, made sure that I was comfortable and made me feel like they trust in me and I trust in them."@GardnerMinshew5 finished 22 of 25 for 275 yards, 2 TDs and a 122.5 rating. pic.twitter.com/J3xYv8mz1T— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) September 8, 2019
The Jaguars added quarterback Josh Dobbs to their roster Monday morning but it’ll likely be Minshew in the starting spot for the bulk of the season.
“My plan is to prove that I am the best I can be for this team every day at practice and every snap I get in a game,” Minshew said. “My job is to go out there and be the best I can be for our team.”
Minshew led the Jaguars to field goals on his first two drives and threw touchdown passes to Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley.
Minshew and the Jaguars play at the Houston Texans in week 2.