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With the subpar play from Nick Mullens in preseason, it was speculated that the Eagles would look for another reserve QB elsewhere.
The team did just that, acquiring QB Gardner Minshew from Jacksonville for a conditional 6th-round draft pick, per multiple reports:
Sources: The #Jaguars are trading QB Gardner Minshew to the #Eagles for a conditional 6th round draft pick. Minshew Mania gets a fresh start in Philly — as a backup behind Jalen Hurts — a few days after Trevor Lawrence was named the starter in Jax.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2021
The 6th-round selection could become a 5th-rounder if Minshew plays in 50% of the plays in 3 games this season, per another league source. The 3rd-year QB is most known for his “Minshew Mania” stretch during his rookie season, winning Offensive Rookie of the Month in September of 2019:
Minshew in his first 4 games:
- 69% comp.
- 905 yards
- 7 TDs
- 1 INT
- 106.9 passer rating
The fashion icon inherited the starting job from Nick Foles and fell out of the team’s plans after going 1-7 in 2020, leading to the selection of Trevor Lawrence. Per another league source, the Eagles intend to hold onto QB Joe Flacco as well. Nick Mullens was waived as a corresponding move to the trade. With COVID-19 still a prominent factor, Minshew will provide more depth as the league enters its first 17-game season.
As far as the trade itself, a 6th-rounder is exceptionally low value for a guy who was the first rookie in NFL history with 230+ yards pass per game, 20+ TDs, and fewer than 10 INTs. The Eagles made a good deal here.
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