4. Gardner Minshew
There is an argument to be made that Gardner would be a starter in this league if not for landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team was shedding star players and had very few weapons leaving Gardner’s ceiling as obviously limited. Still, the quarterback managed to win seven games in Jacksonville before joining Philly to backup Jalen Hurts.
In Minshew’s two starts in the 2022 season, there was an obvious amount of rust. Minshew is a top-end backup or a lower-tier starter and would fit well in the Atlanta offense. The one downside of adding Minshew in comparison to the other options is obvious in that Brissett or Heinicke fit Arthur Smith’s system better while Dalton offers more experience.
Minshew has 44 career touchdowns in comparison to only 15 career interceptions with 6,632 passing yards. Minshew went 1-3 during his time with Philly keeping the team afloat and playing far better than the record indicates. After two years in Jacksonville and Philly Minshew is an unrestricted free agent and will be a sought after commodity in a limited backup quarterback market.