In the sixth round of 2019 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars took former Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew with their pick, hoping to groom the quarterback and maybe use him as trade bait, since the Jaguars signed form Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in the offseason. After Foles got injured in the Jaguars' season opener against the Chiefs, Minshew was thrown into the spotlight. Minshew has become one of the game's most popular players. This led the Jaguars to wins against the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos. And his journey is only beginning.

Before even taking his first regular-season snap, there was already buzz around Minshew about being a tough S.O.B.

In a Jaguars preseason game, he was bull-rushed and slammed to the ground, looking like Minshew was knocked out cold. Minshew got up and played the next series, showing the grit and toughness out of the sixth-round pick by the Jaguars.

After coming into the Jacksonville Jaguars' season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, it was clear to viewers that they had seen this man before after he took his helmet off on the sidelines. After some serious thinking, there it was: Minshew was the recreation of Uncle Rico. Yes, the character who claimed he could throw a football over them mountains has a strong resemblance to Minshew.

Then, across social media, stories were coming out about Minshew and his past.

No, nothing that would land him in prison, but stories about how he worked out in a jockstrap in order to create the least resistance. Or, how his parents wanted to name him Beowulf instead of Gardner. Or the fact that his father isn't named Gardner, so there was no Gardner, but on his birth certificate his full name is Gardner Minshew II. One story that caught the attention of football fans and showed his love for the game was when he was in college, he went into his dorm room, took a couple of sips of Jack Daniels, and smashed his hand with a hammer multiple times in order to earn a medical redshirt.

After playing two seasons at Eastern Carolina University, Gardner Minshew wanted to transfer to the University of Alabama for his fifth year of eligibility, and then become a coach at the school. The story goes that Washington State University coach Mike Leach called Minshew and asked him if he wanted to ride the bench for a year or lead the nation in passing.

After Minshew committed to WSU, he would lead the nation in passing and would finish sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Mike Leach is known as one of the best offensive coaches in college football, so was it his expertise of football that molded Minshew into the player he is today, or did Minshew have the talent all along and Leach was able to exploit that on a national stage? Either way, Minshew became one of the nation's top passers, and after Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall by the New York Giants, anything could happen. Even though Minshew was a sixth-round pick, there were some other sixth-round picks who'd done alright at throwing the football for a living.

If it wasn't for Nick Foles' injury, Minshew never gets the chance to become a national icon. So, what happens with the man that the Jacksonville Jaguars paid $88 million?

Do the Jaguars trade Minshew? Just the thought of that is causing riots in the streets of Jacksonville. But, Foles is making too much money for him to not play instead of Minshew. If the Jaguars trade Foles, then other players for Jaguars who have demanded trades would become furious, like Jalen Ramsey.

Fortunately for the Jaguars, with the injury that Foles suffered (a broken collarbone), there are still six-plus weeks before he can even think about playing again. So by then, the Jaguars will know if they can build their offense around Minshew or if they need to move on from him.

If the Jaguars were to move on from Minshew, then some other team will pick him up, like this team in Minnesota who everyone, even the players on the team, hates their current quarterback. So, there's still hope for Minshew if he's shipped out from Jacksonville.

1. The Stories and Legend of Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew

Before even taking his first regular-season snap, there was already buzz around Minshew about being a tough SOB. In a Jaguars preseason game, he was bull rushed, and slammed to the ground, looking like Minshew was knocked out cold. Minshew got up and played the next series, showing the grit and toughness out of the sixth-round pick by the Jaguars.

After coming into the Jacksonville Jaguars season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, when Gardner Minshew took his helmet off on the sidelines it was clear to America they had seen this man before, after some serious thinking, there it was, Gardner Minshew was the recreation of Uncle Rico. Yes, the character who claimed he can throw a football over them mountains, has a strong resemblance to Minshew.

Then across social media stories were coming about Minshew and his past, no, nothing that would land him in prison, but stories like how he workout in a jockstrap in order to create the least resistance. Or how his parents wanted to name him Beowulf, instead of Gardner, or the fact that his father isn't named Gardner, so there was no Gardner, but on his birth certificate his full name is Gardner Minshew II. One story that caught the attention of football fans and showed his love for the game, was when he was in college, he went into his dorm room, took a couple of sips of Jack Daniels, and smashed his hand with a hammer multiple times in order to earn a medical redshirt.

2. Thanks to Mike Leach, We Have the Legend of Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew

After playing two seasons at Eastern Carolina University, Gardner Minshew wanted to transfer to the University of Alabama for his fifth year of eligibility, and then become a coach at the school. The story goes that Washington State University coach, Mike Leach called Minshew, and asked him is he wants to ride the bench for a year or lead the nation in passing. After Minshew committed to WSU, he would lead the nation in passing and would finish sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Mike Leach is known as one of the best offensive coaches in college football, so was it his expertise of football that molded Minshew into the player he is today, or did Minshew have the talent all along, and Leach was able to exploit that on a national stage? Either way, Minshew became one of the nation's top passers, and after Daniel Jones was selected 6th overall by the New York Giants, anything could happen. Even though Minshew was a sixth-round pick, there some other sixth-round pick who's done alright at throwing the football for a living.

3. What Happens When Nick Foles Comes Back?

Jacksonville Jaguars

If it wasn't for Nick Foles injury, Minshew never gets the chance to become a national icon, so what happens when the man that the Jacksonville Jaguars paid $88 million to? Do the Jaguars trade, Minshew? Just the thought of that is causing riots in the streets of Jacksonville, but Foles is making too much money for him to not play instead of Minshew. If the Jaguars trade Foles, then other players for Jaguars who have demanded trades would become furious, ie: Jalen Ramsey.

Fortunately for the Jaguars, the injury that Foles suffered, a broken collarbone, there is still 6+ weeks before he even thinks about playing again, so by then, the Jaguars will know if they can build their offense around Minshew, or if they need to move on from him. If the Jaguars were to move on from Minshew, then some other team will pick him up, like this team in Minnesota who, everyone, even the players on the team, hate their current quarterback, so there's still hope for Minshew if he's shipped out from Jacksonville.