JACKSONVILLE - Former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II has earned the backup job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minshew, who will backup Nick Foles for the Jaguars, was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft after a breakout year at WSU, leading the Cougars to an 11-2 record last season. Minshew was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in his only year at WSU and finished fifth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 4,779 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the country in passing yards per game (367.6) and completions (468).
Jacksonville coaches spoke highly of Minshew throughout the preseason and training camp. Minshew started three preseason games and played extensively in the fourth, finishing the preseason 54-96 for 468 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.