JACKSONVILLE – Eight Jaguars experts – Rick Ballou, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Ashlyn Sullivan – are breaking down the Jaguars as the 2020 NFL season approaches; today's topic: what the experts want to see from second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew II …
Rick Ballou, Jaguars sideline reporter
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I want to see Minshew "own" new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's offense. I want to see him throwing shorter stuff to the tight ends and third-down running back Chris Thompson. Also: designed runs for Minshew are a must – as well as a route tree that includes the middle of the field. This should give the Jaguars more opportunities to score.
Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I love what I have seen from Minshew so far. The big question for me is can he win games from the pocket with the same regularity as he makes plays off schedule. His athleticism and knack for the big play when all else breaks down makes him a fun and electrifying player. But the Jaguars must protect him better and they must be better on more conventional plays. Everyone raves about his ability to understand what NFL defenses are doing so early in his career. I'm excited to see the next step.
Jeff Lageman, Jaguars analyst and former Jaguars defensive end
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I want to see Minshew improve in all areas of playing quarterback, but most importantly I want to see the signs of a franchise guy. Minshew had a very good rookie year – arguably the best of any rookie quarterback in the NFL last season – but he must continue to improve and show consistency to reach "franchise" status. Minshew looks at times like a franchise guy with "off-schedule" plays but must also stay in the pocket and show the same level of making plays when they should be "on schedule."
Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I'm excited about Minshew in 2020. I love that people are doubting him and I think he has a different edge about him that will translate to success. I was most critical last season about Minshew's lack of production in the middle of the field. Was that Minshew's fear of turning it over? Was that the play calling? Was that having no tight ends? Minshew's numbers were good a year ago, but I think this year is more about the eye test. I hope he makes the middle of the field a weapon because he's accurate at the boundary and you know he's going to make some off-schedule plays.
John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writer
What I want to see from Minshew and why: The area Minshew most needs to improve has been well-documented – and that's his ability to make plays from the pocket. He excelled as a rookie when plays broke down, and his poise under pressure – and in chaotic situations – is the primary trait that gives the Jaguars hope that he can develop into a franchise quarterback. The major reasons for concern were the long stretches of ineffectiveness – and how he seemed to struggle at times when teams rushed to contain him and make him win from the pocket. If he can be more consistent and better on conventional plays, the Jaguars may have a franchise quarterback. If not, they probably don't.
Brian Sexton, jaguars.com senior correspondent
What I want to see from Minshew and why: Minshew's mobility excited Jaguars fans and – and as we saw against the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts – helped produce victories. But a quarterback must be able to execute from the safety of the pocket and Minshew didn't do that during his rookie season. When the Jaguars ran into defenses that could get after him from the outside and contain him, they were much less effective. He's smart and shows no fear on the field, so staying in there with chaos all around him shouldn't be a problem. Staying in there, finding open receivers and making the right decision will be how I measure him this fall.
J.P. Shadrick, jaguars.com reporter/editor
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I want to see Minshew avoid the sophomore slump. Do I think he could be better than last year? Sure, but it will not be easy. Defensive coordinators around the league now have a season of tape on Minshew and can spend time this offseason crafting plans to slow down what he did well last year. A new offense will change some of that, but can Minshew take what he has learned in the film room to the field and lead this football team to wins all with defenses geared up to stop him? If so, then maybe the Jaguars have their man at the position for a longer term.
Ashlyn Sullivan, Digital reporter and host
What I want to see from Minshew and why: I want to see him improve his pocket presence. From training camp to his final press conference of the season, Minshew mentioned many times his internal clock needed to improve. Scrambling was at times incredibly successful for him, but I want to see him calmer in the pocket and in control this season to take a step in the right direction.