By Hays Carlyon
Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew has one more chance to shine in 2019.
The sixth-rounder will likely start Thursday night in the preseason finale against Atlanta at TIAA Bank Field. Then, hopefully, starter Nick Foles will guide the offense for the entire regular season.
Minshew needs a good showing against the Falcons. His place on the 53-man roster looks secure, but the Jaguars need to see more out of him. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was clear about that after Tuesday’s practice.
“We are going to play him,” Marrone said. “I can tell you that. … We would really like him to show us more in the game.”
Minshew has led one scoring drive in three preseason games. That was a 55-yard drive that ended with a 36-yard field goal by Josh Lambo in the second preseason game against Philadelphia.
Minshew has completed 43 of 70 passes (61.4 percent) with 389 yards this preseason. He has not been intercepted.
“There have been times where you sit back and you feel good with the progression,” Marrone said. “You’re like, ‘Hey, we feel comfortable. He’s coming along.’ Then all of a sudden you have a game and it’s kind of a setback. You are like, ‘What happened? That is not what we have seen during the week.’ We want to see him do well.”
The Jaguars will still likely avoid the veteran quarterback market even if Minshew doesn’t look good against Atlanta. However, for his confidence — and the confidence his teammates would have in him if he does have to step in for an injured Foles — having success against the Falcons would be a big benefit.
You can listen to my interview with Minshew from Tuesday here.
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