No. 3 Jaguars player who went missing in training camp: Jake Luton
Wait? How can anyone claim Jake Luton has disappeared when he was the Jaguars’ starting quarterback against the Raiders? The answer is simple, he got the nod by default. The coaching staff didn’t think Trevor Lawrence benefitted from playing while CJ Beathard — the primary backup — was recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered earlier this year.
Moreover, Kyle Slotter, who was released not long ago, struggled during his short stint in Jacksonville, effectively making Luton the best candidate to start. Unfortunately, he couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity. The former Oregon State Beaver went 10-of-17 for 94 yards, averaging a paltry 5.5 yards per attempt.
That’s not the kind of production you want from the quarterback position, especially during an exhibition game, when opposing defenses aren’t game planning and most of the starters are watching from the sidelines. It’s also worth noting that the Jaguars just brought back E.J. Perry, who might ultimately not make the team but could become a developmental project.
Back in 2020, Luton started three games as a rookie. He was waived before the regular season started and spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins before re-signing with Jacksonville earlier this year.
While there’s a chance Jacksonville will end up carrying three quarterbacks into the NFL season, Luton hasn’t done anything to impress the coaching staff or lock up a roster spot. At least, that’s the way it looks from the outside looking in.