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.
Eagles have been connected to Deshaun Watson, as well, per sources, but it's unclear how the Gardner Minshew trade affects things. On one hand, it's only a sixth round pick. On the other, why give up assets and collect QBs if you plan to turn around and trade for another QB? https://t.co/C2JJNVh8qg
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 28, 2021
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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.
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.