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Gardner Minshew

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27 yrs


6'1'' / 225 lbs


Washington State

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Leads Colts to OT win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-24

Minshew completed 27 of 44 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 22-19 overtime win against the Ravens.

Minshew drew a spot start with Anthony Richardson (concussion) sidelined. He had an unremarkable 5.2 yards per attempt to post a mediocre stat line, but he was effective for the Colts as he kept the team in the game and didn't turn the ball over. It's likely that Richardson will pass through concussion protocol ahead of a Week 4 matchup against the Rams, meaning Minshew would shift back to the bench.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
8 PIT Outdoor 60° 0.8 33rd -10.543.521230050.091.71-10150%0%33%50%0%50%
13 TEN Outdoor 60° 0.4 36th -5.044.521110050.066.70001150%0%0%100%0%0%
14 @NYG Outdoor 37° -0.1 36th -7.045.5000000.039.61-1000%0%0%0%0%0%
16 @DAL Dome 35° 22.7 7th 4.046.540243552260.084.94511163%100%9%65%13%8%
17 NO Outdoor 54° 13.0 18th -4.543.532182741156.382.0100859%25%5%72%9%19%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing AveragesRushing Averages
Home Outdoor 9 510.046th1510.90.463.687.569%32%5100.1
Away Outdoor 6 516.316th2221.80.568.1106.870%53%7110.0
Away Dome 1 00.457th110.00100.089.6100%0%-500.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 221.316th3282.0161.889.964%60%7120.5

Career Stats by Season: 2019 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
2019 23 JAC 14 12 229 19th4702853,27121660.691.26734405.966%47%12%60%22%14%
2020 24 JAC 9 8 161 26th3272162,25916566.195.92915315.869%41%15%58%20%16%
2021 25 PHI 4 2 34 45th60414394168.3104.89210477%43%26%47%27%22%
2022 26 PHI 5 2 37 50th76446633357.983.47319.461%63%8%68%11%13%
*"Air" yards thrown per completion. Pass was "Catch"able. Percent of passes thrown "20yds+" that were completed. "Play" action pass percent of total pass plays.

Will start against Baltimore

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-22

With Anthony Richardson (concussion) ruled out for Week 3, Minshew will start Sunday against the Ravens, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

After Richardson was injured on his 18th snap against the Texans in Week 2, Minshew came on in relief and completed a crisp 19 of 25 passes (76 percent) for 171 yards and one touchdown, guiding the Colts across the finish line for the victory. Week 3 presents a much tougher task on the road in Baltimore. Minshew is one of the league's most capable backups, but the Ravens' defense is a recommended fantasy play.

Solid in emergency duty again

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-17

Minshew entered the Colts' 31-20 win over the Texans for Anthony Richardson (concussion) with 12:45 remaining in the second quarter and completed 19 of 23 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and added two rushes for three yards.

Minshew's second straight emergency assignment went off nearly perfectly, with the backup as sharp as his final line implies. Minshew has quickly proven to be a prudent offseason signing for the Colts due to his existing knowledge of new head coach Shane Steichen's system and Richardson's pair of in-game injuries thus far. If Richardson is unable to return for a Week 3 road matchup against the Ravens, Minshew will be in line for his first start of the season.

Throws two passes late in relief

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-11

Minshew went 0-for-2 passing in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville as he played on the offense's final three plays at the goal line with starting quarterback Anthony Richardson exiting with a knee bruise.

Minshew couldn't convert on a second-and-goal situation on the game's final plays. Richardson said after the game he was fine and is expected to play next week against Houston. If not, Minshew would get the start as he's firmly entrenched as the backup.

Tosses TD on Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-19

Minshew completed 13 of 15 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 24-17 preseason victory against the Bears.

During a week in which the Colts named rookie first-rounder Anthony Richardson their Week 1 starting quarterback, Minshew again has been relegated to backup duties. Still, Minshew took advantage of Richardson getting the night off Saturday, missing just two throws to wide receivers Josh Downs and Juwann Winfree. Considering the team rosters only three quarterbacks, Minshew may get some more exhibition action this Thursday in Philadelphia.

Moves to backup role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-15

Anthony Richardson was named Indianapolis' starting quarterback for the regular season by head coach Shane Steichen, moving Minshew to the backup role, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The move isn't a surprise as Indy's goal was always to have the No. 4 overall draft pick take over the starting role. It's a little surprising the announcement came this early in training camp, but Richardson has had a strong camp and promising first preseason game. Minshew was at best going to start a few games while Richardson was developing, but now he may not get much playing time unless Richardson gets hurt.

Efficient outing in Colts debut

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-12

Minshew was 6-for-6 passing for 72 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's preseason loss at Buffalo.

Minshew came into the game in the second quarter after Anthony Richardson got the start. Minshew was efficient despite being under pressure as the second-team offensive line struggled at times. Richardson held his own in his first start and unless he takes a big step backward later in the preseason he's likely to start the regular season opener over Minshew. However, no decisions have been made and Minshew has shown he gives the team a reliable, if unspectacular, option.

Works with backups Friday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-28

Minshew worked exclusively with the second-team offense at Friday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Minshew took all the first-team reps Wednesday, but coach Shane Steichen said the plan was to rotate Minshew and rookie fourth overall pick Anthony Richardson throughout camp. The two quarterbacks reversed roles Friday, with Richardson taking all 15 reps with the starters, though Minshew finished on a high note by closing out his day with a string of six consecutive completions. This quarterback competition is likely to stretch right up until the regular season, and while Minshew could still earn the Week 1 starting job, it's likely just a matter of time until the Colts hand Richardson the reins to the offense.

Opens camp in starting role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-26

Minshew received all of the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice, but coach Shane Steichen said that Minshew and Anthony Richardson will rotate on the first team as camp progresses, Jake Arthur of reports.

Minshew completed all four of his passes Wednesday on the first day of training camp for the Colts. Richardson was drafted fourth overall in 2023 despite being considered a raw prospect, and Minshew's experience has him slightly ahead in the team's quarterback competition at this point, though Indianapolis will likely give the more mobile Richardson plenty of opportunities to seize the starting job before the season begins.

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