Minshew replaced an ineffective Nick Foles at halftime of Sunday’s 28-11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Sunday, Foles turned the ball over on the Jaguars’ first three drives, making him the first quarterback to do that since Chicago’s Mike Glennon in 2017, and posted three consecutive three-and-outs after those turnovers.
Foles has struggled badly since his return from a broken collarbone, producing 782 yards and 33 points in three games since his return.
Minshew, who led the Jaguars to a 4-4 record after Foles was hurt just 11 snaps into the season opener, completed 16 of 27 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown Sunday. The rookie directed Jacksonville (4-8) to 11 points, and the interception he threw was a pass that bounced off receiver Dede Westbrook‘s hands in the end zone.
When the Jaguars signed Foles in March, owner Shad Khan said it was his dream to land the player who led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl LII victory over New England. In that game, Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
Foles didn’t make it to halftime of the 2019 season opener before Kansas City defensive lineman Chris Jones landed on him after Foles let the ball go on a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark.
Minshew stepped in for Foles and had an impressive debut: 22-of-25 for 275 yards and two TDs with one interception. Minshew started the next eight games and led the Jaguars to a 4-4 record, throwing for 2,285 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions.
His attitude, attire (jorts, headband, aviators) and mustache — coupled with his freewheeling style of play — led to “Minshew Mania” across the country. That came to a crashing halt against Houston in Week 9, however, when Minshew turned the ball over four times (two interceptions, two fumbles) and led the Jaguars to just one field goal in a 26-3 loss at Wembley Stadium in London.
Minshew had his problems holding on to the ball, too. At one point, he led the NFL with seven lost fumbles, and he had another Sunday, but he is second in the stat now, behind the New York Giants‘ Daniel Jones (10).
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.