The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t know what they will get from QB Jake Luton.
With Minshew Mania slowing fading away into irrelevance, the Jacksonville Jaguars are getting ready to take on the Houston Texans in Week 9. While both squads have identical 1-6 records and are coming off their Bye Week, their respective quarterback situations are quite different.
Deshaun Watson, one of the leagues most underappreciated quarterback, will be leading the Texans while the Jaguars will rely on rookie Jake Luton to help them win their second game of the year.
It’s true that Luton had success at Oregon State last year. As the Bisons quarterback, he threw 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions, that 9-1 TD-to-Int is exciting however we look at it, but it’s unlikely that kind of numbers will carry over to the NFL.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone doesn’t know what to expect from Jake Luton.
The Jaguars would be foolish to think Luton’s college success is going to translate to efficient quarterback play in the NFL. They know him better than anybody and are aware of both his strengths and weaknesses. Head coach Doug Marrone acknowledged as much in his latest sitdown with the press.
Talking to the media, Marrone said the Jaguars are doing as much as they can to put their first-year quarterback in a position to succeed. He says the team wants to provide him with manageable downs while avoiding third-and-long situations He also pointed out that their rookie signal-caller has handled himself professionally.
Nevertheless, Marrone doesn’t want to overhype Luton. The head coach believes his quarterback’s skill level is high, his ceiling is high, but he doesn’t ultimately know how he’s going to perform. He mentioned that Luton has been good in practice, but they don’t know how he will perform against NFL defenses.
Marrone and the Jaguars are taking the right approach by not adding additional pressure to Luton ahead of his NFL debut. On the bright side, if the rookie quarterback performs well, he will likely help the Jaguars win their second game of the year. If that happens, the team’s brass expectations can soar. In the meantime, let’s see how things play out.