After a less than stellar showing last Sunday by the Jaguars, Nick Foles remains in the middle of the pack of NFL quarterbacks.
NFL fans tend to be fickle and overly critical about who is under center for their favorite team on a weekly basis. The league’s most important position didn’t fare as well as expected in Jacksonville this past weekend as Nick Foles returned to action and looked as though he needed more time to get adjusted to playing in a Jaguars uniform.
The results statistically weren’t horrible, but they needed to be better as Foles threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. But many of his passes were underthrown and he looked like he could not get into a rhythm, which may have helped his teammates find their way through a maze of the Colts defense.
In the most recent quarterback rankings by FanSided.com’s Matt Verderame, Foles remained 17th amongst NFL starters. As with almost everybody on the Jaguars roster, and coaching staff, there is plenty of room for improvement.
"“Foles made his first start since breaking his clavicle Week 1 against the Chiefs. The results? Not great. The Jaguars were blown out by the Colts in Indianapolis, and Foles failed to throw for 300 yards despite 47 attempts,” Verderame writes."
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The problem with having a quarterback underwhelm in his first full game with the franchise is the fans’ perception that the Jaguars may have made a mistake by removing Gardner Minshew from the starting lineup. The rookie had his worst performance of the season against Houston prior to the bye week, but there are many out there who wondered during the game if Minshew’s mobility would have given Jacksonville a greater opportunity to score on Sunday.
The Jaguars will have Foles under center for the remainder of the season as head coach Doug Marrone confirmed he would not make a change to the position following the team’s loss in his postgame comments with the media.
Foles looked like he was ready to pick up where he left off on the second drive of the game that resulted in a 34-yard catch and run touchdown to DJ Chark. After that series, Foles and the offense looked overmatched.
If there was one positive outcome from the game on Sunday, it was the performance of Chark, who caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. It marks the second time in team history that a player has caught eight touchdown passes in the first 10 games of a season. The first was tight end Marcedes Lewis in 2010.
For 2019, the former second-round pick out of LSU has 51 catches for 796 yards. His eight touchdowns are the most in the AFC this season.