1. Who Will Be The Starting Quarterback?
Nick Foles’ Week 1 collarbone injury last year opened the door for Gardner Minshew, and he showed he can be a starting caliber quarterback in the league as rookie. Foles started two games after he returned from injury, then was benched in favor of Minshew in Week 13 and stayed there through the end of the season.
Based purely on the finances involved, and the dead money involved in cutting or trading him after signing him to a bloated contract last offseason (barring some sort of restructure), the Jaguars are firmly married to Foles through at least the 2020 season. But who the better quarterback is happens to be a tougher question, leaving aside Minshew’s emergence as a cult hero, and an open competition for the starting job should be in order.
The cliche of feeling you having two capable quarterbacks meaning you don’t have one applies to some degree in Jacksonville right now, with owner Shad Khan’s recent assertion about having an embarrassment of riches at the position. But ideally Foles or Minshew will clearly win the job heading toward Week 1, stay healthy, and play well enough to keep the job all season. If not for an ill-timed bad game prior to the bye week last year, Minshew may have never given the job back to Foles.