Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No.186: QB Gardner Minshew (Washington St.)

Matt Waldman’s RP Boiler Room examines two telling plays from Washington State quarterback and 2019 NFL Draft prospect Garnder Minshew’s portfolio of work.

Garnder Minshew II has the potential to develop into a dangerous NFL quarterback. He’s an effective manipulator of defenses at this stage of his career, often looking at his intended target, looking away to move the defense and then returning to the intended target at the last second with an accurate pass.

He’s comfortable enough in compressed pockets to stand and deliver at a variety of ranges. He’s also skilled at making the late turn to find the check-down. Throw in a violent shoulder fake or pump and the ability to open the chest to a side of the field to give opponents false tells, and Minshew is a wily field general for a college player.

The skill that will either tie this all together and give him the potential to develop into a starter or be the reason it almost always falls apart is Minshew’s transitional footwork. Comfort with the bullets flying and awareness of one’s surroundings are only valuable if the body executes what the mind is processing.

This RSP Boiler examines consecutive plays from the USC game where Minshew exhibits excellent and improvable traits.


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