Jaguars starting quarterback Gardner Minshew was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, becoming the 12th player on the team to make the list since the rookies reported July 21.
Earlier Sunday, the Jaguars announced starting left tackle Jawaan Taylor, third-round defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton and reserve tight end Charles Jones had been removed from the list.
However, Jones returned to the COVID-19 list by Sunday afternoon and was joined by running back Ryquell Armstead, WR Michael Walker, and safety Andrew Wingard and Minshew.
Prior to Sunday’s new additions, the Jaguars had only three remaining on the list — cornerback Parry Nickerson, offensive lineman Ryan Pope, undrafted rookie Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms.
Rookie cornerbacks Josiah Scott and Luq Barcoo were activated from the list last week and both are now on the active roster.
The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who test positive or have been quarantined after having close contact with an infected person or persons.
Last week, Coach Doug Marrone admitted to having discussions with his assistants about the possibility of quarantining one of their quarterbacks during the season to avoid a worst-case scenario.
“We’ve talked about the pluses and minuses of who that player might be,” Marrone said. “There’s a lot of things that might go into it. As we get kind of closer to the part that we feel that player would need to be quarantined, I think that conversation will come up again, and we’ll see where we are with the team then.”
Minshew reported to camp with the quarterbacks on July 23 and had to pass three COVID-19 tests in four days before he could be admitted into the facility for his physical examination.
However, all NFL players must undergo daily testing for the first two weeks of training camp, then every other day if the positivity rate dips below 5%.
Minshew is the team’s offensive leader after coming off a successful 2019 season that included having the highest passer rating (91.2) among any of the seven rookie quarterbacks who earned starts this season.
Minshew’s 21 passing touchdowns and his 3,271 yards were the most by a rookie in franchise history. With Minshew’s emergence, the Jaguars traded veteran quarterback Nick Foles in March to the Chicago Bears, who inherited the remaining three years and $50 million on Foles’ contract.
Marrone hired former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden in January as his new offensive coordinator to help develop Minshew into becoming a more polished quarterback.
Minshew said during a virtual zoom call in the offseason that he was still getting in work during the pandemic at his parents’ home in Mississippi.
“We got our home gym here that we use,” Minshew said. “Then I sneak out to whether it’s my high school football field or local park just opened back up, just finding any piece of grass we can get.”
Under the NFL’s policy, teams are not permitted to disclose whether a player is in quarantine or tested positive for COVID-19.
The Jaguars veterans are scheduled to begin strength and conditioning phase of training camp on Monday.
But defensive tackle Al Woods and defensive end/LB Lerentee McCray both voluntarily opted out for the 2020 season this weekend because of COVID-19 concerns.
The opt-out provision was established by the NFL and the NFL Players Association last month.