UPDATE: The Jacksonville Jaguars officially announced Nick Foles has been benched for Gardner Minshew moving forward.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
Down by 25 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to bench former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles for rookie sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew coming out of halftime. Foles had 93 passing yards and three turnovers, 1 interception and 2 fumbles, in the first half.
After a mistake-filled half for the #Jaguars, Minshew Mania is back on for Jacksonville. Nick Foles to the bench.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2019
The former Super Bowl MVP has missed most of this season recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in Week 1, but despite his lucrative franchise quarterback contract, the Jaguars decided to move sit him for the exciting rookie who filled in during his absence.
Foles returned from injured reserve two weeks ago, and since then, hasn’t proven to be better than Minshew. And, because the former Eagles quarterback can’t be without a bit of a quarterback competition, there was a lot of noise about whether he’d even retake the starting job once he returned — but, he did.
The Jaguars have lost both games since Foles’ return, first to the Colts (33-of-47, 296 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT) and then to the Titans (32-of-48, 272 yards, 0 scores). With the Jaguars losing to the Buccaneers, Foles will drop to 0-4 in his four starts.
The Eagles are projected to receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL Draft due to Foles signing with the Jags.