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The Gardner Minshew era has begun in Jacksonville

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A year ago today, Gardner Minshew II was waking up after leading the Washington State Cougars to a 31-0 win against the San Jose State Spartans in his second game at WSU.

Today, Minshew woke up fresh off throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut.

Minshew wasn’t supposed to see action for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but with Nick Foles suffering a serious injury, Minshew came in and looked like he was back playing in Martin Stadium. Minshew completed 22-of-25 passes, including his first 13.

Foles suffered a fractured left clavicle and is out “indefinitely” as he is set to have surgery on Monday. The Jaguars could bring in a veteran quarterback, either in free agency or through a trade. Or, they could just let the Minshew era roll on.

They should let the Minshew era roll on.


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