NFL Falcons Week 1: Ready for New Eagles QB Minshew?
In the last four regular season clashes between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, four different quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Eagles.
It’ll become five quarterbacks attempting assists in five games for Philadelphia on the series when the Eagles visit the Falcons in Week 1. Maybe even more than five.
Philadelphia added another quarterback to their roster on Saturday, trading a conditional 2022 sixth-round pick at the Jacksonville Jaguars for Gardner Minshew. To make room for Minshew, the Eagles released quarterback Nick Mullens.
The Eagles acquired Minshew after losing the starting job at Jacksonville to No.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. But for Minshew, he may be further removed from a starting role in his new home.
Philadelphia played its last preseason game on Friday. The Eagles will enter Week 1 with Jalen Hurts as a presumed starter at quarterback and Joe Flacco as a replacement. Minshew will provide depth to the third string. … or could rise from there.
The conditional sixth-round pick in 2022 will become a fifth round if Minshew is given some playing time – which appears to be the case.
Minshew replaced Nick Foles, who started for the Eagles in two of the team’s last three games against the Falcons, and went 6-6 as a rookie in 2019. But Minshew struggled in his second season in the NFL, with a 1-7 record as an entry.
In 23 career games, Minshew has completed 62.9% of his passes for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He averages 6.9 yards per attempt and 240.4 passing yards per game. Minshew also has a touchdown.
For the moment? He will provide insurance behind Hurts, who has only started four games in the NFL. Hurts was dynamic as a runner at the end of the season last year while completing 52.0% of his passes for six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Flacco is a former Super Bowl MVP, but he’s been 2-10 as a starter with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets since leaving Baltimore.
Including the playoffs, the Falcons are 2-3 in their last five encounters with the Eagles. Philadelphia-area native Matt Ryan is 4-4 in the regular season against the Eagles.