Gardner “Mustache” Minshew is on the move to the Philadelphia Eagles:
Sources: The #Jaguars are trading QB Gardner Minshew to the #Eagles for a conditional 6th round draft pick. Minshew Mania gets a fresh start in Philly — as a backup behind Jalen Hurts — a few days after Trevor Lawrence was named the starter in Jax.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2021
“Minshew Mania” now moves to Philly, as a backup to the incumbent Jalen Hurts (who was already a polarizing player for many). Odds are this may give Hurts slightly more of a discount in drafts. He’s currently the QB11 off the boards per FantasyPros ECR. That’s a dicey proposition, but one that could pay off handsomely given Hurts’ ability to make things happen with his legs.
Of course, Minshew isn’t your typical backup, either.
Eagles just landed a 25-year old QB that has completed 62.9% with 37 TD, only 11 INT, and 93.1% rating in his first two seasons for a stinking 6th round pick. Gardner Minshew is a winning NFL quarterback. Absolute no-brainer deal for Howie Roseman.— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) August 28, 2021
Actually, Minshew has a 7-13 record as a starter, so he isn’t a “winning” quarterback. But wins aren’t a QB statistic, and 37 scores against just 11 interceptions will play anywhere. I’d say the Eagles hosed the Jaguars here. Why give up a competent backup if you’re Jacksonville? Either way, whether this winds up as a sixth or fifth round pick, for a quarterback of Minshew’s quality, the Eagles added a quality piece. Hopefully it doesn’t mess with Jalen Hurts’ psyche too much...
Add it all up, and I’m pouring a tiny bit of cold water on my Jalen Hurts love this year. I don’t think Minshew is an immediate threat, but if Hurts falters, the drumbeats should get pretty deafening for his backup.