The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew, a player that gave Indy a lot of trouble when he was on a division rival.
On Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts signed veteran quarterback, Gardner Minshew, presumably to be a backup quarterback for the rookie that Indy selects in the 2023 NFL Draft. Minshew played his last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, with Shane Steichen as the offensive coordinator. Now that Steichen is the head coach for the Colts, it’s makes sense that Minshew would come over as the backup QB.
However, this is a return to the AFC South for Gardner Minshew. Minshew was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. Before going to the Eagles, Minshew played two years with the Jaguars and started 20 games. That means he played the Colts a couple of times. Unfortunately for Minshew’s new team, those weren’t fun experiences for Indianapolis. Minshew played some of the best games of his career against Indy.
Gardner Minshew dominated Colts when he was with Jaguars
Minshew only actually played against Indy twice, and both times were in Jacksonville. So naturally, those games were wins for Minshew and the Jaguars because the Colts just can’t win in Jacksonville. Minshew played really well in both games though, and as previously stated, they were some of the better games of his career.
The most touchdowns Minshew has thrown in a single game is three, and he did it four times. Two of those times were in his wins against Indianapolis.
When Minshew faced off against Indianapolis during the 2019 season, he threw for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, and Jacksonville won the game 38-20. A season later, in 2020, Minshew completed 19-of-20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. The Jaguars won that game 27-20, thanks to some fourth quarter play-making from Minshew.
Unfortunately for Indy, things didn’t change when Minshew left the Jaguars, Indianapolis still can’t win in Jacksonville. However, the Colts now have Gardner Minshew on their side. The goal likely isn’t for Minshew to see the field, but if he does have to start for any reason, let’s hope Indianapolis is getting the Gardner Minshew that they had a hard time stopping.