Fournette had said on social media that he wanted the team to sign the free agent’s quarterback, who had been eliminated by Carolina on March 24 after nine seasons. He repeated it Thursday in an appearance on the first ESPN take, noting that Newton’s experience would make a huge difference in a Jaguar attack that averaged just 18.8 points per game the season last.
“Cam went to the Super Bowl,” said Fournette. “He’s a great guy. I’ve known Cam for a minute now. And as I have said to some people who have spoken to me, it is not disrespectful [Gardner Minshew]. I’m just trying to be in the best possible position as a team [to] to win.
“That’s all that was going on. Just a friendly competition because it brings out the best in people. “
Minshew set a freshman record for the Jaguars by passing yards (3,271) and hitting touchdowns (21). He had the best passer rating (91.2) and the least interceptions (six) of any rookie quarterback in 2019. The team traded Nick Foles to Chicago on March 24, leaving Minshew as the only quarterback from the list with gaming experience.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell said at their draft press conference on Thursday that the team will add another quarterback to accompany Minshew and alternate Josh Dobbs and this could come via draft or free agency. Marrone, however, said he trusted Minshew as a starter in 2020.
“Right now, if we’re going to play, Gardner Minshew is our guy and I’m thrilled,” said Marrone. “But do I want competition for him?” Absolutely. You want competition for everyone, however. I don’t want to get to where I answer this question and [people are saying], ‘Marrone is not as confident [in Minshew]. ‘
” I would like [competition] not just for the quarterback, but I want competition for everyone. “
Multiple project simulations over the past month have caused the Jaguars to take a quarter with the ninth overall choice. Todd McShay’s latest mock draft made them take Justin Herbert from Oregon.
Newton was the No. 1 overall choice in 2011 and led Carolina to three consecutive NFC South titles (2013-15) and an appearance in the Super Bowl 50. Newton was league MVP in 2015 and was named to three Pro Bowls.
He has also battled major shoulder and foot injuries in the past three seasons, undergoing several shoulder surgeries. The team released him last month and signed a three-year contract with Teddy Bridgewater.