The Facts: Minshew, coming off a promising rookie campaign, is having to learn a new offense with a new coordinator and do so without being able to go over plays in person or walk through them with teammates on a practice field. Nevertheless, incoming play caller Jay Gruden knows that making sure their relationship is the best it can be will be vital to the team’s 2020 season. “It’s my job to make it mesh, to take on the personality of our quarterback – and for him to understand what we’re trying to get accomplished on play-to-play, game-to-game, week-to-week basis is going to be critical,” Gruden said on Tuesday, via the team’s website.
Diehards Line:Minshew appeared in 14 games with 12 starts as a rookie for Jacksonville. Coming from Mike Leach’s somewhat elementary spread offense at Washington State, Minshew had to adapt quickly to the pro game and saw immediate action with Nick Foles being injured in the season opener. He managed to rise to the occasion and earned a chance to be the full-time option this fall. “He’s shown a skill set where he can sit in the pocket and step up and make things happen outside the pocket," Gruden said. "He’s accurate. He’s tough. He’s a great leader. He has the intangibles you want as a quarterback. Now, it’s just getting to know the scheme and the offense a little bit and we all have to gel together.” We'll be watching for signs of that connection once the Jags hit the field.