Today, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded former starting quarterback Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick. I am not sure what to think about this move, but one thing I know is they must have felt the competition was getting to Lawrence?
Recently, NFL Draft Diamonds writer and former NFL scout Daniel Kelly began speaking about Lawrence looking like a bust. The pressure was definitely on in the pre-season when Gardner Minshew was very talkative about being the backup. I am wondering if his comments ultimately put too much pressure on Lawrence?
Minshew had been alternating practice days with the first-team offense with Lawrence throughout training camp, completed 17 of 29 passes for 196 yards with two interceptions (one in the end zone) in two preseason games. While it was not pretty, some were thinking he looked better than Lawrence, because Lawrence has not really taken the role as many expected. To be honest, CJ Beathard the backup now looks the most polished.
Lawrence has completed 20 of 32 passes (62.5 percent) for 184 yards (5.8 YPA) through two preseason games, with three sacks, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’s carried just once for nine yards.
Minshew joins an Eagles QB room that includes Jalen Hurts and veteran Joe Flacco. The team announced the release of Nick Mullins after the trade.
Here is my question, was the competition getting too strong for Lawrence? Do you think he felt pressure from Minshew? Maybe the coaches did not want the fans to complain about quarterback competition or worry about their franchise player. It almost sounds like the coaches wanted to try to fix the problem of pressure.