The Jacksonville Jaguars could bench rookie QB Jake Luton.
Watching quarterback Jake Luton make his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars likely left a pleasant sensation, In that game, he went 26-of-38 for 304 yards, one receiving touchdown, and one rushing touchdown. Since then, he is 34-of-72 for 320 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions.
This past week, Garner Minshew II started throwing again after missing the last three games with a thumb injury. Head coach Doug Marrone said last week the quarterback was 100 percent, but if he’s healthy this upcoming week, the coaching staff should strongly consider giving him the starting nod over Luton.
After the team’s 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marrone told the media that they would evaluate the quarterback position and they would do what’s best for the team moving forward, which means that they could go back to Minshew if he can throw the football.
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You could say Luton wasn’t given a fair chance and most first-year quarterbacks would have struggled against the Steelers defense, but the truth is that it’s the second straight game he’s struggled in. He performed weel against the Texans, but looking back, that looks like the expection and not the norm.
Luton had a couple chances to win the Packers game, but he feel short both times. Against the Steelers, he looked overwhelmed and held the team back. He made things difficult for the defense and put the burden of winning on their shoulders by turning the ball over four times.
After the game, Luton said he’s aware his shortcomings hindered the team’s chances of winning and owned up his subpar performance. If he’s that self-aware, he likely knows he may end up going to the bench once Minshew can start throwing.
If anything, the Jaguars took a chance on Luton. The team’s brass could’ve gone with veteran Mike Glennon, but decided to see what the rookie quarterback could do. Although he flopped against the Stellers, you have to give them credit for trying.
Right before Luton’s first start, Marrone said he didn’t know what the team would get from the quarterback. After three games, the Jaguars’ brass has a better idea of what he can do and may pull the plug on him.