What Gardner Minshew’s trade means to the Philadelphia Eagles and its impact on Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles blog
PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles changed the look of their quarterback by acquiring Gardner Minshew II from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional sixth round pick on Saturday – and we’re not just talking about the mustache.
Does the Eagles decision reflect some sort of statement about sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts, who was the scheduled Week 1 starter when the Eagles play against the Atlanta Falcons on September 12? And where does Minshew sit on the depth chart? Let’s take a closer look at what trading means:
Why did the Eagles make the trade?
Philadelphia is notorious for investing resources in the quarterback position, even when the top of the Eagles depth chart looks set. It worked really well in 2017 when substitute Nick Foles helped win the city’s first Super Bowl title, and not so much when the Hurts’ selection in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft put more strain on them. relationship between Carson Wentz and the organization.
Minshew’s move is low risk. The compensation – a sixth-round pick that could advance to a fifth round if Minshew is involved in 50% of the games in three games this season, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter – concerns what the Eagles would spend on a development. strategist. Instead, they get a quarterback with 20 NFL starts that can play in a pinch if called up, which is especially valuable in a COVID-19 world in which players can be put out. deviation with little notice.
Minshew has two more years on his rookie contract and is expected to earn a reasonable $ 850,000 this season.
Former San Francisco 49ers signalman Nick Mullens, who was released on Saturday, hasn’t had a strong enough preseason to make Philadelphia feel comfortable relying on him. So it happened with a more proven player at Minshew, who made 63% of his throws with 37 touchdowns for 11 interceptions in two seasons.
Does this movement have something to do with Hurts?
Yes and no.
It’s not a reflection on how he played this summer. Hurts took the reins both as an attacking facilitator and a team leader, just as the Eagles had hoped. He showed steady progress as training camp unfolded and cemented his place as a starting quarterback.
But Hurts, 23, has four career starts under his belt. Although he has instilled hope in his teammates that he can be very effective at the professional level, he still has to play on the pitch.
The Eagles now have two experienced quarterbacks behind him, Flacco, 36, who has 175 league starts, and Minshew, 25. Both players will serve as a double insurance policy if Hurts gets injured or weakens.
So where does Minshew land on the Eagles depth map?
He comes in as the No.3 quarterback behind Hurts and Flacco.
Could this change?
Of course, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni emphasizes competition, and they don’t want to put a cap on him, but that’s the pecking order they’re looking at right now. Flacco has been strong this summer. Minshew’s trade doesn’t appear to be the answer to performance issues for the 14-year-old veteran.
Let’s talk about commercial risk. What does it look like for Philly?
The biggest concern is how Minshew’s presence will play out with Hurts and Flacco. The chemistry between quarterbacks has looked pretty good this preseason. There’s a chance the addition of Minshew could disrupt this.
One of the big lessons learned from the Eagles’ 2020 season is that QB1’s comfort needs to be heavily considered when building the hall. Communication is the key and there has to be a well established hierarchy. Adding Minshew is only positive if Hurts and Flacco are not negatively affected by it.
From what we know of Hurts at this point, he is not easily shaken and is good at not allowing outside forces to impact his state of mind or process. It would probably take more than adding Minshew as a third string to knock him out of his game.