Jaguars fans elated as Nick Foles benched for Gardner Minshew for Chargers game

Jacksonville Jaguars fans were overcome by Minshew mania after it was announced Gardner Minshew II would start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The quarterback has played backup to Nick Foles since the former Philadelphia Eagles star returned from injury in Week 11 of the NFL schedule, despite winning eight of the four full games he played.

The Super Bowl LII-winning QB had been ruled out with a broken collarbone, but returned after the Jags' bye week to try and steer the 4-5 Florida franchise towards an unlikely playoff berth over the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.

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But dismal defeats to divisional rivals the Colts and the Titans piled pressure on to the 2018 Super Bowl MVP, who was named to start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

But, after completing seven of 14 passing attempts for 93 yards and one interception, Foles was benched at TIAA Bank Field, allowing the moustachioed Minshew to direct the offense for the remainder of the match.

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And the rookie quarterback will do so again this weekend, much to the delight of the Jacksonville fans.

Reacting to the news of Minshew's return to the starting side, one supporter tweeted: "YES OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED."

While another posted: "About time yall did something right for the franchise."

A third, frustrated fan added: "Best decision this staff has made all year."

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Other fans took to social media to mock the Jaguars for signing former Eagles backup Foles in the offseason, with the quarterback reportedly signing a four-year, $88m deal in March – with $50.125m of the contract guaranteed.

That came a year after the Jags awarded QB Blake Bortles a three-year, $54m contract, before he was benched for backup Cody Kessler after going 3-9 as a starter.

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One NFL fan wrote: "Minshew Mania is back in Jacksonville but now their backup QB, who they brought in on a 4 year – $88M dollar deal is Nick Foles… incredible."

Another added: "Sucks for Foles because he never really got a real chance at being a starter. Goes to show that offering him 88M wasn’t smart for the Jags."

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One bemused Jaguars fan shared images of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and wrote: "Passed on both of them to give Blake Bortles and Nick Foles $90mil+. What a front office we have…"

While another simply put: "Nick Foles was a gigantic waste of $88M."

And a third added: "Nick Foles was such a waste of money. Bring on the full blown mania!!!"

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