JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars are moving from a draft selection in the sixth round to another in midfield.
Coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that Gardner Minshew will miss Sunday’s game against Houston (1-6) with a thumb injury in his handball. Rookie Jake Luton, a prominent former Oregon Navy State Navy, will debut the NFL.
“I think Jake has a high ceiling,” said Marrone. “I just want to see where this kid is. … Can also look. We can also see what we have, right? Let̵7;s keep playing him and let’s go. “
Jaguars (1-6) lost six consecutive games, including three consecutive games with two numbers.
Minshew reached the sixth round in 2019, the 10th midfielder was chosen and the 17th overall choice. Luton is the 189th choice and the ninth QB was drafted in April.
Minshew suffered a ligament strain and broke many thumbs. He played Jacksonville’s two previous games in pain and finally said something after the team’s sixth straight defeat, a 39-29 defeat to Los Angeles Chargers on October 25.
Minshew did not excel in his previous two matches for Jaguars (1-6). He had the season’s lowest passer rating (70.5) against Detroit on 18 October and hit early and frequent failures against Chargers. He completed 14 out of 27 173-yard passes and twice TD and was fired five times in Los Angeles.
Marrone has no schedule for Minshew’s comeback and refuses his second year commitment when he is well enough to return.
“You want as a coach to be able to say, ‘Yes, as soon as Gardner is ready, he’ll be able to come back,’ says Marrone. “But I think when you’re on record, we’re in the current position, we’re in 1-6, we have to see what this boy can do. If this boy shows up and plays. very good, then what?
“Then you would say, ‘Why would you bench him and play with another kid?’ I just think that’s common sense. Chances are self-created. If he does well, then we will see where we are going and make a decision when the time comes ”.
Although veteran Mike Glennon was a substitute for Minshew through the first seven games of the season, Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell made it clear that Luton had earned the No. 2 spot in the training camp.
The 6-foot-6-year-old Luton began three years in Oregon (2017-19) after starting his college career in Idaho (2014-15) and then spent a year at Ventura Community College (2016). ). He showed off an NFL arm in the camp, but his lack of mobility and experience were of concern, so Jags kept Glennon in a reserve role.
Minshew had a strong opening to the season, but then declined. He’s in the 7-12 position since replacing injured Nick Foles in the opening game of 2019. He looks very sharp in some and somewhat out of place in others, often real shows the game when it is out of reach.
He completed 63% of his passes in 5,126 yards, with 35 touches and 11 interceptions. One of Jacksonville’s concerns: Minshew kept the ball for too long; He was fired 55 times in 21 games.
“My conversation with Gardner was, ‘Hey, listen, I want to make sure you’re 100 percent, and when you’re 100 percent, I want to meet you on that pitch and I want to make sure I see shots. throws and the things that you did when we were at training camp and at the beginning of the year, ”said Marrone.
“Don’t try to go out there and say you feel good and you go out there and you pitch bad.”
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