The Jacksonville Jaguars will give Jake Luton a chance to prove himself.
A sixth-round pick came off the bench and took over at the quarterback position for the Jacksonville Jaguars. If you thought we were talking about Garner Minshew II, you aren’t alone. Back in 2019, the Washington State standout became the team’s starting quarterback and finished the season with a 6-6 record.
However, history has repeated itself and Jake Luton, whom the ‘Jags’ selected in 2020’s draft with a sixth-round selection, became the starter with Minshew out with a thumb injury. Last year, the former Cougars quarterback supplanted Nick Foles and started Minshew Mania. This season, Luton could start a similar movement. In fact, Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell said that Luton is ‘already more advance than Gardner Minshew’.
If someone knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, it’s Brunell. After all, he led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship in 1996, played in Jacksonville from 1995 to 2003, and is part of the team’s ring of honor, the Pride of the Jaguars.
How did the Jacksonville Jaguars get here?
After the Jaguars Week 7 matchup, X-rays revealed that Minshew had multiple fractures and strained ligaments in his right thumbs. Almost right away, head coach Doug Marrone chose Luton as their started over veteran Mike Glennon.
Heading into Week 9, the coaching staff didn’t know how Luton would fare on the football field. Everybody got an answer and it was a positive one. The Oregon State standout completed 26 of 38 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown. Moreover, he had a 13-yard run touchdown run.
Even though the Jaguars ended up losing the game 27-25, Luton showed he could play in the NFL. He made a few back decisions, but overall, he displayed poise and command of the offense. Also, he averaged 8.0 yards per passing attempt, more than a full yard than Minshew’s 6.9 average this season.
Minshew is still out and Luton will get the starting nod once again in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers. It would be a tall order to beat the Packers, but if the rookie quarterback can keep the Jaguars in the game, make a few big plays, and avoids embarrassing himself, the team’s brass will have a hard time taking him off the field for the remainder of the season. Based on what Brunell said, Luton should be more than capable of doing it.