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A New Star Is Born

The Jacksonville Jaguars may have found a diamond in the rough. Hope seemed lost when their starting quarterback Nick Foles, a Super Bowl MVP, went down in the very first quarter in the first game. The backup quarterback? A 6th round draft pick named Gardner Minshew from East Carolina University. Garner, the Jaguars 23-year-old starter was a little known quarterback coming out of college. Despite throwing for more yards than any quarterback in college last year, Gardner had a low profile until he came in and threw five touchdowns to only one interception. Gardner helped the Jaguars win their first game of the season against their division rival Tennessee Titans. 

With an eye-popping 73% completion through three games and a 110.6 quarterback rating, this rookie has taken the NFL by storm. His patent appearance of long hair and a mustache has been adopted by Jaguar fans and made him an instant fan favorite. Now, Nick Foles is a forgotten story and the hope for Jacksonville rests in their newest hero in Gardner Minshew. Let’s see if he can keep the momentum going!

Dolphins Also Turning To Youth With QB Play

The Miami Dolphins have also turned the quarterback position to their young quarterback as well. Josh Rosen started his first game for the Dolphins in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Rosen looked poised and had the Dolphins in position to lead multiple times, but a missed field goal and a fumble later by Kenyan Drake on in the 2nd quarter prevented that chance. The Cowboys won the game, but the Dolphins (0-3) looked better than they had in the previous two games. At only 22 years old, the future for the current Dolphins starter will depend on how well he can adapt despite playing with a weak offensive line and another first-year head coach. If Rosen can not excel, the Dolphins will undoubtedly draft a quarterback with their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Is Jameis Winston Going To Reach Elite Status?

The Tampa Bay Bucs (1-2) are looking for better play from their quarterback, Jameis Winston. The former number one overall pick from Florida State has not looked like a top-tier option with his 5 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. His quarterback rating this season is a mediocre 85.5, even lower than his career quarterback rating of 87.7. Will the Bucs get the value they are hoping for out of their 25-year-old starter? If he wants to be seen as an elite talent, Winston will have to win more games and perform better than he has. New Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians might have put his eggs in the wrong basket. For more information all NFL season long, check with us at