Gardner Minshew’s Legend Grows as Jags Down Titans on “TNF”
Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns
On Thursday Night Football, Gardner Minshew II turned in his third consecutive impressive performance for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Forced into action in Week 1 after Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone, the sixth-round pick was masterful on Thursday against the Tennessee Titans and completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 20, 2019
Whenever Minshew and the Jacksonville offense took the field, fans chanted his name and there were fake mustaches and bandanas aplenty in the stands.
The love for Minshew is justified as he’s now completed 65 of 88 (73.9 percent) passes for 792 yards (9.0 per attempt), five touchdowns and one pick since taking over for Foles.
During the game, the announcers touched on Minshew being a “II” instead of a “Jr.”
True Fact: This is Gardner Minshew's dad pic.twitter.com/58iuu9Xbjl
— The Ringer (@ringer) September 20, 2019
A 2018 story in The Lewiston Tribune explains Gardner’s mother “didn’t want him to be a Junior … because down here in Mississippi, if you’re a Junior, you’re probably either called Junior or Bubba.”
Minshew’s hot start is no surprise to fans of Washington State, who saw him lead the nation in passing, break Jared Goff’s single-season Pac-12 yardage record and finished fifth in Heisman balloting.
After the game, the internet was flooded with praise for the rookie quarterback from Minshew maniacs.
— Jack Thompson (@JackAHThompson) September 20, 2019
— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2019
-110.6 career passer rating
-Never lost a Super Bowl
-97.8 career passer rating
-Lost three Super Bowls
-(Also won six Super Bowls)
Who is the better sixth-round pick? pic.twitter.com/IM7i6WHrnN
— Sky Sports NFL (@SkySportsNFL) September 20, 2019
On the other side of the ball, Jacksonville lineman Calais Campbell led the defense and helped the Jaguars sack Marcus Mariota nine times (including three by Campbell) en route to a 20-7 win.
.@GardnerMinshew5 is ready to keep it going!
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 20, 2019
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