The Jacksonville Jaguars, ball carrier Leonard Fournette, made waves locally when he posted a photo on Instagram in late March suggesting he wanted the Jaguars to pursue free agent quarterback Cam Newton.
The quintessential former player was connected to the Jaguars through an abundance of analysts and outlets and even his own mentor Warren Moon, but for one of the Jaguars’ best players, doing the same was certainly remarkable.
On Thursday, Fournette appeared on the first ESPN take to explain her case, and why it was not supposed to be negative for Gardner Minshew II.
“I feel like, you know, Cam has the … Cam went to the Super Bowl,” said Fournette. He’s a great guy, I’ve known Cam for a minute now. As I’ve said to some of the people I’ve talked to and I’ve talked to, it’s not disrespectful to Minshew.
“I’m just trying to be in the best position as a team we can win. That’s all it was. Just a friendly competition because they bring out the best in people. “
Newton, of course, has much more experience than Minshew, the team’s sixth round pick in 2019 who caught fire by the NFL in 2019 and is able to be the starting quarterback team in 2020.
Best choice in 2011, Newton started 124 regular season games during his career and is 68-55-1 in nine seasons in Carolina. During this period, Newton completed 59.6% of his passes for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns with 108 interceptions. The Pro Bowl’s triple quarterback also rushed 934 times for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns.
In seven playoff games, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2015, Newton went 3-4 and completed 59.8% of his passes for 1,821 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Minshew started 12 games with the Jaguars in 2019 and only became a starter initially due to an injury suffered by Nick Foles in week 1. Minshew ended up scoring 6-6 as starter in 2019, completing 60.6% of his passes for 3271 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran 67 times for 344 yards, becoming a double threat for a stagnant Jaguar offense.
In March, the Jaguars traded Foles for the Chicago Bears for a fourth-round pick in 2020, paving the way for Minshew to start in 2020, but also removing the only veteran overtaking option on the Jaguars list.
As of yet, there have been no other official words about the Jaguars of interest to Newton. Instead, the Jaguars continued to claim that they trusted Minshew if he was the first starter in 2020.
“Sometimes you look over there and, right now, if we went to play and Gardner Minshew is our guy and I’m excited about it,” head coach Doug Marrone told local media in a videoconference Thursday, “but do I want to compete Absolutely. You want competition for everyone. You want competition for everyone however. I don’t want to get to where I am answering this question and, “Marrone is not as confident” or “Marrone wants to compete. I want (competition) not just for the quarterback but I want competition for everyone. ”