JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars went back to rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II on Sunday.
Will that continue?
Jacksonville announced the move at halftime as starter Nick Foles endured a miserable first half against the Buccaneers.
Foles committed three turnovers that contributed to the Jaguars falling into a 25-0 hole to Tampa Bay. Minshew rallied Jacksonville in the second half in an eventual 28-11 loss. Minshew finished 16 of 27 for 147 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Foles was 7 of 14 for 93 yards with an interception and a pair of fumbles. He was signed in the offseason as the $88 million franchise quarterback, but suffered a broken collarbone in the opening quarter and missed the bulk of the season.
Minshew, the rookie sixth-round pick from Washington State, performed well in his absence, going 4-4 as a starter.
Coach Doug Marrone had said that Foles, a former Super Bowl MVP with the Eagles, gave the Jaguars the best shot to win now.