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PHILADELPHIA – Eagles coach Nick Sirianni challenged quarterback Gardner Minshew II to a HORSE game and Minshew took off his shirt. How perfectly on the mark for both men.
Minshew spoke to the Philadelphia media for the first time since being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional pick of the sixth round, telling this one a story about his most meaningful interaction with Sirianni prior to this week. It came during the 2019 draft when Minshew visited the Indianapolis Colts, where Sirianni was the offensive coordinator.
“We played HORSE and it got pretty competitive and I had a button on and I had to take it off because the game got a little too competitive. I think it really stood out. I think it could have played a role in why I’m here, “Minshew said, smiling.
“Dang, hey [won]. I was up and then we started talking ball, he distracted me a bit, I took my shirt off and it did not help and he just kept hitting me. That’s why I’m back. I’m back for revenge. “
“I’m back for revenge.” Gardner Minshew on how a game HORSE with Nick Sirianni left an impression. pic.twitter.com/wvGv6A7klD
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It turns out that Sirianni’s competitive challenges for the prospects precede rock-paper-scissors in Philadelphia, just as Minshew’s penchant for going without shirts precedes the NFL.
That showdown on the basketball court was perhaps the most time they had spent together so far, but Sirianni got to see Minshew play up close as his Colts faced Minshew’s Jaguars, a divisional competitor. Minshew has won both of his career starts against Indianapolis and completes 78% of his passes with six touchdowns to a wicket. His 126.6 QB rating versus the Colts is his highest against a team.
“Look forward to working with him,” Sirianni said. “The first game up there last year we opened the season in Jacksonville and he was 19-on-20 against our defense and played a really good game. I’ve seen him play some good games.”
Minshew starts as the Eagles’ third-string quarterback behind Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco, Sirianni said. Minshew took no issue with that, saying he’s just here to help this team win, no matter what capacity there is. I’m here to work hard. I must first learn this offense and help all the guys in our So I’m just looking forward to the opportunity I have ahead of me. “
Minshew added that Hurts was the first person to contact him and welcome him when the news of the deal broke out.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman explained the reasoning behind the deal with Minshew, noting the team’s philosophy of investing heavily in the quarterback position and the need to have depth on the way into a 17-game regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Minshew has two years left on his rookie contract. If he does not move up on the depth map this season, he should have that option in 2022, as Flacco has a one-year deal.
For now, he is busy learning the scheme under his new coach and basketball nemesis.
“I’m very excited,” Minshew said. “Just talking to coach Sirianni and hearing him talk to balls just makes me get fired because he’s passionate about what he knows and is someone I’m very excited to work with.”