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Jacksonville Jaguars trade QB Gardner Minshew to Philadelphia Eagles for conditional sixth-round draft pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars are trading backup quarterback Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2022 sixth-round pick.

Minshew ranked 29th in PFF grade (67.8) among quarterbacks with at least 200 dropbacks in 2020. Now, he'll be in Philadelphia competing with veteran Joe Flacco for the backup quarterback job behind presumed starter Jalen Hurts.

The move comes amid offseason speculation that the Eagles have explored the possibility of acquiring Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, but it's unclear what the impact is.


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FANTASY FOOTBALL IMPACT

Move Jalen Hurts down your rankings: This trade spells concern for Hurts, as it increases the chances he's benched at some point this season. He should still be drafted and can be a starter in fantasy football, but you'll likely need a reliable QB2 option behind him. Click here to find PFF's 2021 fantasy rankings.

Draft Minshew in deeper superflex leagues: Minshew is one of the few backup quarterbacks outside of the first-round rookies who could have significant fantasy value if he ends up starting. His 0.45 fantasy points per dropback last season was an average mark, but Philadelphia's offense features talented pieces who could help him. Click here to find PFF's fantasy stats.

NFL IMPACT

Low-risk, high-reward trade for the Eagles: Minshew has outplayed Hurts in the NFL to this point, and he could take over the starting job at some point in the season if Hurts struggles. This move won't prevent the Eagles from looking for an even better quarterback in 2022 if neither Hurts nor Minshew proves deserving to be the starter going forward. Click here to read PFF's 2021 QB Annual.

C.J. Beathard wins backup job in Jacksonville: The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is now slated to be the primary backup in Jacksonville. His 95.1 overall PFF grade is the highest at the position this preseason. Click here to find PFF's NFL player grades.
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