Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) throws in the first quarter during a Week 14 NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

Report: Raiders add QB Gardner Minshew on $25M deal

The Las Vegas Raiders are poised to have a quarterback battle through training camp and into the exhibition season after Gardner Minshew II was signed to a two-year, $25 million deal with $15 million fully guaranteed, NFL Network reported Monday.

The Raiders also have another quarterback in the fold in Aidan O’Connell, who started 10 games as a rookie in 2023, and threw for 2,218 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 11 overall games. Las Vegas won five of O’Connell’s starts.

Minshew, 27, threw for 3,305 yards and 15 TDs with nine interceptions in 17 games (13 starts) for the Indianapolis Colts last season. He was playing for his third team in five seasons after also spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2019-20) and Philadelphia Eagles (2021-22).

In 49 career games (37 starts), Minshew has thrown for 9,937 yards, 59 TDs and 24 interceptions.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) smiles while signing autographs before an NFL football matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Richardson is on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Colts QB Anthony Richardson to have season-ending surgery

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

Richardson suffered an AC joint sprain in Week 5 during the Colts’ 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 8. It was Richardson’s second injury of his young career; he sustained a concussion in Week 2.

“After consultation with our medical staff, Anthony, and those close to him, it has been determined that he will undergo surgery to repair his injured shoulder, which will end his season,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “Anthony is a competitor, and we know how difficult and disappointing this is for him and our team.

“We collected several medical opinions and we felt this was the best course of action for his long-term health. We anticipate a full recovery and there is no doubt Anthony has a promising future.”

Richardson, 21, was placed on injured reserve last week.

The Colts (3-3) lost 37-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, with Gardner Minshew going 33-for-55 for 329 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Indianapolis. The Colts host the Cleveland Browns (3-2) this Sunday.

“I love the fight of this team and I’m excited for the opportunity we have ahead of us. It starts this week with Cleveland,” Irsay said.

Richardson, this year’s fourth overall pick in the draft, completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 577 yards, three touchdowns and one interception over four starts to begin his career. He also picked up 136 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

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Sep 17, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson a spectator at practice

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson did not participate in practice on Thursday, per multiple media outlets.

Richardson, the fourth overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, assumed the role of a spectator for the session while he remains in concussion protocol.

Richardson exited the Colts’ 31-20 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday in the first half. Backup Gardner Minshew relieved Richardson and completed 19 of 23 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown toss to tight end Kylen Granson.

Minshew is in line to start if Richardson isn’t available this Sunday against the host Baltimore Ravens (2-0).

Richardson was forced out of last Sunday’s contest for the second time in two career games when he absorbed a hard hit.

The Colts led the Texans 14-0 behind two Richardson TD runs when he left to be evaluated for a concussion. In Week 1, he was assisted to the sideline in the final minute of the game after trying to run the ball in for a score against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Richardson, 21, is 30-of-47 passing for 279 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also has 13 carries for 75 yards and three touchdowns.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Gardner Minshew (10), Sam Ehlinger (4), and Anthony Richardson (5) stretch before the first day of training camp practice Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Indiana.

Colts list QB1 as Gardner Minshew ‘or’ Anthony Richardson

The Indianapolis Colts aren’t ready to name a starting quarterback, and that was reflected on their first depth chart of the preseason on Wednesday.

The Colts tabbed “Gardner Minshew or Anthony Richardson” as their No. 1 quarterback, with Sam Ehlinger definitely listed as third string.

Teams listing two quarterbacks atop the depth chart may become a trend. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tabbed Baker Mayfield “or” Kyle Trask in the top spot of their depth chart on Tuesday.

Minshew, 27, has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 6,632 yards, with 44 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 32 career games (24 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2019-20) and Philadelphia Eagles (2021-22).

Richardson, 21, was selected by the Colts with the fourth overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Richardson played in 24 games over three seasons at Florida.

He started 12 games in the 2022 season, posting a 6-6 record. He completed 176 passes for 2,549 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ran 103 times for 654 yards with nine scores.

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Jan 1, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Gardner Minshew in the mix for Colts starting QB

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to select a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean that QB will be handed the keys to the offense immediately.

Coach Shane Steichen told NFL Network that newly signed Gardner Minshew will be given the chance to compete for the starting job.

“Right now, obviously, he’s coming in to just compete and be the best he can be, you know, and that’s where we’re going,” Steichen said Sunday. “That’s where we feel he’s at right now, and that’s his role right now.”

The Jaguars selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he started 20 games over two seasons, tallying a 7-13 record. He was the backup to Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia the past two seasons, going 1-3 in spot appearances.

Minshew, 26, has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 6,632 yards, with 44 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 32 career games (24 starts).

Steichen, most recently the offensive coordinator with the Eagles, got to know Minshew in Philadelphia.

“Just the way he sees the game and processes the game,” Steichen said of Minshew. “It’s like a coach you know, he sees it really well. He was great. Every time he had a chance to go and play, he played well for us and obviously had a big year in Jacksonville his rookie year. Just a tremendous person, loves the game of football, loves the Xs and Os, so really fortunate to have him with us.”

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Oct 30, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) and head coach Nick Sirianni runs off the field after win against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles to start QB Gardner Minshew with Hurts hurting

Gardner Minshew gets the start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday at Dallas with Jalen Hurts requiring more time to heal from a shoulder sprain, head coach Nick Sirianni said Thursday morning.

“Gardner will be ready,” Sirianni said. “Gardner will be our guy. Gardner worked his butt off to be ready for this opportunity against a really good football team. He had a great practice (Wednesday) and I think you guys have all heard how good a practice he had, lots of energy out there. He’s ready to go.”

Hurts “did everything he possibly could to get his body ready to go” and still wants to start, Sirianni said, classifying Hurts as the “toughest player I’ve ever been around.”

Without Hurts, the Eagles (13-1) are underdogs at Dallas with a chance to seal up the top seed in the NFC. Minshew can help set the franchise mark for single-season wins and deal the Cowboys a setback with playoff implications.

The role isn’t foreign to Minshew, who went 7-13 as the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and teammates cited his energy and accuracy as reasons for optimism after Wednesday’s practice.

Sirianni also said tight end Dallas Goedert was trending in the right direction to play for the first time in four weeks. He was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury against Washington in Week 10.

“It’s an early Christmas present for me,” Goedert said. “Dallas and Dallas has a nice ring to it!”

Hurts, one of eight Eagles named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 315 yards to lead the visiting Eagles to a 25-20 win at Chicago on Sunday, but came out of that win with a sprained shoulder. His timetable to return is unclear.

The Cowboys are familiar with Minshew, who started the regular-season finale for Philadelphia against Dallas last season. The Cowboys won the game 56-21 as part of Dallas’ season sweep of the Eagles.

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Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles coach refuses to rule out Jalen Hurts vs. Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has left the door open for injured quarterback Jalen Hurts to play in Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hurts sustained a right (throwing) shoulder sprain during Philadelphia’s 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Reports circled Monday that he could miss the upcoming game for the Eagles, who would then have to turn to backup Gardner Minshew for Saturday’s contest in Arlington, Texas.

Not so fast, Sirianni said Tuesday.

“I don’t put anything past Jalen Hurts as far as his mental and physical toughness. There’s a chance he could play this week,” Sirianni said. “He is one of the toughest guys I know. He heals fast, he’s a freak — his body is not like, pardon me, yours or mine, and I’m shaming myself there a little bit, too.

“He heals fast. He came back fast from his injury last year; I will not rule him out. I will not put a timetable on him on him. We’ll see what happens this week. He’ll be ready to go this week if he can play this week, and so will Gardner.”

Like Sirianni, Hurts also kept the door open on his availability for Saturday’s game.

“Definitely a chance. Taking it day-by-day, though,” Hurts said. “Everybody knows I’m dealing with something. I think it’s pretty public and it’s out there. … I’m taking it one day at a time with it and preparing against a really good defense.”

Hurts, 24, has thrown for 3,472 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also has rushed for 747 yards and 13 scores.

“We will play him when he’s ready to play,” Sirianni said. “If that’s this week, it’s this week. If it’s next week, it’s next week. When Jalen’s ready to play, he’s ready to play. All aspects of it.”

The NFC East-leading Eagles (13-1) can clinch the division title with a win or tie against the Cowboys (10-4). They can clinch home-field advantage and the NFC’s lone first-round bye with a win or a tie and a Minnesota Vikings’ loss or tie against the New York Giants on Saturday.

Philadelphia won the first meeting against Dallas his season after the Cowboys swept the 2021 series with a pair of victories by 20-plus points.

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17. Eagles (21): Though QB2 Gardner Minshew dressed and performed like Maverick Mitchell from "Top Gun" on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni was quick to signal Monday that QB1 Jalen Hurts has not been resigned to Goose's fate.

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Report: Colts interested in QB Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew is one name to keep an eye on as the Indianapolis Colts seek a replacement for quarterback Carson Wentz, CBS Sports reported Sunday.

Minshew is one possibility if the Colts are unable to land Kirk Cousins “or another proven starter,” per the report.

That would mean making another QB trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, where Minshew spent 2021 as the backup to Jalen Hurts. Minshew, 25, has one year left on the four-year rookie deal he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 and is set to earn $2.54 million in 2022.

In March 2021, the Colts traded a 2022 first-round pick and a 2021 third-rounder to the Eagles to acquire Wentz. Indianapolis dealt Wentz to the Washington Commanders last week after just one season.

Minshew is 8-14 as an NFL starter. In 27 games (22 starts) with the Jaguars (2019-20) and Eagles, he has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 5,969 yards with 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Aug 14, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars send QB Gardner Minshew II to Eagles

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded backup quarterback Gardner Minshew II to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2022.

ESPN reported the pick will become a fifth-rounder should Minshew take 50 percent of the snaps in at least three games for Philadelphia.

The move comes just days after 2021 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence was named the Jaguars’ starting quarterback for the season opener.

The Eagles released quarterback 26-year-old Nick Mullens, who was 5-11 as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers over the past three seasons.
Minshew, 25, was 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during that span.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 NFL Draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The 6-foot-6 quarterback also ran for 943 yards and 18 TDs.

C.J. Beathard, 27, likely will start the season as Lawrence’s backup. Beathard, who was a teammate of Mullens in San Francisco, has thrown for 3,469 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 19 career games. He is 2-10 in 12 starts.

The Jaguars open their season at the Houston Texans on Sept. 12. The Eagles, behind presumed starter Jalen Hurts, will play the Falcons in Atlanta in Week 1.

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Jaguars quarterback (16) Trevor Lawrence during drills Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their practice session Sunday, August 8, 2021 in front of a limited number of fans on the turf at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jags make it official: Trevor Lawrence is Week 1 starter

The Jacksonville Jaguars made it official Wednesday, anointing 2021 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence as their starting quarterback for the season opener.

The Jaguars open their season at the Houston Texans on Sept. 12.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said Lawrence will also start the team’s third and final preseason game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The decision was expected but Meyer maintained even two weeks ago that the quarterback competition was open between Lawrence and Gardner Minshew II. The pair split first-team reps throughout training camp.

Minshew went 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during that span.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 NFL Draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The 6-foot-6 quarterback also ran for 943 yards and 18 TDs.

The news comes a day after the Jaguars announced that their other first-round pick, running back Travis Etienne, will miss the entire season with a Lisfranc injury.

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