There doesn’t appear to be anything flukey about Gardner Minshew. Hot on the heels of an impressive NFL debut after stepping in for an injured Nick Foles in Week 1.
Minshew delivered a solid and a follow-up in Week 2 that included another 200+ yard outing with no interceptions and did all he could to help the Jacksonville Jaguars avoid the 0-2 hole they fell into to start the season. In addition a dominant defensive performance, Minshew was the main reason the Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans in a convincing fashion, 20-7, to begin Week 3’s slate of NFL action.
He was back at it on Thursday Night Football against the Titans, owning the first half with 125 yards passing and two touchdowns on 13 for 18 passing.
That was good enough for a passer rating of 128.2, and in the process, he also became the only rookie in Jaguars history to pass for at least 600 yards through three weeks of football. That’s an impressive feat in and of itself, but especially so when factoring in how he did it in less than 10 full quarters of play and in how running back Leonard Fournette almost contributed nothing (with the exception of one carry) on the ground in the TNF effort.
Fournette had negative yardage up until there was just 4:38 left to play in the game, when he tore off a 69-yard run to finally enter the statistical green.
Outside of that run, the Jaguars were forced into a one-dimensional game plan, but Minshew still finished with 204 yards with the aforementioned two TDs on 20 for 30 passing.
For the season, he’s thrown for a total of 692 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception.