Daily Sports Smile: Eagles QB Gardner Minshew celebrates with dad after Week 13 victory
Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Gardner Minshew didn’t miss his opportunity to shine. Minshew made a spot start for injured starter Jalen Hurts and led the Eagles to a 33-18 road victory over the New York Jets.
The Eagles won their sixth game to stay in the tight NFC playoff race. After the game, Minshew celebrated with his dad who made the trip to New York. Both shared raw emotions after the victory.
Minshew completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. He also developed a strong rapport with tight end Dallas Goedert, who finished with six catches for 105 receiving yards. Goedert also hauled in both touchdowns in the victory.
It has been a long journey for Minshew. He drew major headlines for his “Minshew Mania” run with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. He remained the Jaguars starter until the organization decided to go in another direction.
The Jaguars drafted Trevor Lawrence first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and traded Minshew to the Eagles.
Minshew sat behind Hurts and Joe Flacco before earning his chance. On Sunday, he proved his value as a starting quarterback. He mentioned that being back under center was the best fun he's had since Week 1 of last season.
"There is nothing like that feeling," Minshew told reporters. "I'm glad to do it with this group of guys and they made it easy for me. It was a lot of fun."
His teammates agreed. They felt Minshew provided a spark all afternoon.
"A lot of energy. I love that. I love him," Eagles running back Miles Sanders said after the game. "Gardner is a character ... But he loves to compete, and you can see it. He took this game very seriously. He didn’t come in as a backup. He looked at it as though he was the guy. And that’s what I expect out of him."
The Eagles will continue to evaluate Hurts this week. He is dealing with an ankle injury that occurred during Week 12 against the New York Giants.
Hurts is likely to remain the starter this season. However, Minshew had another chance in the spotlight and his emotions prove it was well worth the wait.