Each week throughout the season, I’ll cover at least two rookies in the Rookie Report Card and try to always include the biggest performers from that particular week. On top of reviewing my expectations for each player coming into the league and how well he’s lived up to those expectations at the NFL level to this point, I’ll grade the player in three categories. Those categories are performance to date, 2019 potential and long term upside.
Gardner Minshew, QB JAX
Week Four Stats: 19/33 passing (57.6%), 213 passing yards, two touchdowns, one carry, two rushing yards.
Considering all of the hype surrounding Minshew over the last handful of weeks, it’s difficult to believe he was a relatively unknown to most during the pre-draft process.
Going from Northwest Mississippi Community College to back up at East Carolina for a couple years and at the 11th hour to Washington State to start for the Cougars as a senior, he stunned most when he completed more than 70% of his passes for 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Despite those impressive numbers however, he was considered by most to be an undersized, “system” quarterback prospect with below average arm strength.