Hurts returns from injury, leads Eagles to No. 1 seed in NFC
Jalen Hurts returned from a sprained right shoulder and threw for 229 yards under a conservative game plan in his first game in three weeks and the Philadelphia Eagles finally clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a 22-16 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Preseason questions for Jaguars: Secondary, running backs and Minshew’s future
We continue our weeklong look at the biggest questions facing the Jaguars as the 2021 season approaches. This week, how the secondary looks to improve with a handful of new faces, how James Robinson and Travis Etienne will be used together and what the future holds for Gardner Minshew.
Jaguars sign QB Beathard, setting up potential Minshew trade
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, giving them an experienced backup if they trade Gardner Minshew. Beathard signed a two-year contract with Jacksonville on Wednesday, giving the Jaguars an experienced backup if they trade Gardner Minshew. He started 12 games over four years in San Francisco, throwing for 3,469 yards, with 18 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. That also makes him a potential trade option, especially with the Jaguars looking to rebuild under Meyer and new general manager Trent Baalke.
Urban Meyer says Jaguars not dealing Gardner Minshew ‘at this point’
Gardner Minshew of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on December 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Don’t count Gardner Minshew out of the Jaguars plans just yet. Coach Urban Meyer said on Friday that the team hasn’t settled on anything involving the quarterback room right now. Meyer said that he loves that Minshew is a “competitive maniac,” and has enjoyed getting to know the third-year player. At this point, I know Gardner [Minshew II] a little bit.
Will Jaguars trade Gardner Minshew?
Gardner Minshew II meets with fans after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in the regular season finale in 2019. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Trevor Lawrence expected to be the Jaguars’ first pick in the draft, will the team trade Gardner Minshew? One QB to monitor: The #Jaguars have received a few calls from teams inquiring about QB Gardner Minshew, source said. The Jaguars invested a sixth-round pick in Minshew, but he has certainly shown that his worth more than that. In two seasons with the Jaguars, Minshew has thrown 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while starting 20 gamers, including eight this past year.
Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved
Now, after nine NFL seasons and little success on the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner is taking a more hands-on approach to fixing the franchise's most glaring problems. Khan is handling the search for his next coach and general manager mostly alone, with some help from Jaguars President Mark Lamping. “This time around, I think I have a much better sense myself,” Khan said Monday after firing coach Doug Marrone. “What's evaded the history of the Jags really has been a franchise quarterback,” Khan said. Khan kept Marrone in place after firing general manager Dave Caldwell in late November, but ultimately decided on a clean sweep.
Colts focused on playoffs as Jags look to future in Week 17
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)INDIANAPOLIS – Colts coach Frank Reich made one thing perfectly clear this week. The Browns, Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens are all 10-5, like the Colts, but are ahead of Indy based on tiebreakers. Will Holden, who replaced Castonzo last week, has been ruled out this week with a knee injury. DEFENSIVE DEMISEThe Colts appear to be a virtual lock to score 24 points for the eighth consecutive week. The only time it held an opponent to fewer than 24 points this season was the Week 1 win over Indy.
Jags limp into finale with QB Glennon, without RB Robinson
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The worst (and potentially best) season in Jacksonville’s relatively brief history is coming to a close. The Jaguars (1-14) already set a team record for consecutive losses (14) and an NFL record for consecutive games allowing at least 24 points (also 14). Coach Doug Marrone and his staff could be next, possibly within hours of the season finale. Marrone said Wednesday that quarterback Mike Glennon will start the finale instead of Gardner Minshew. I don’t try to look too far (ahead) and I don’t try to look too back in the past.
Jaguars set sights on Lawrence after years of failure at QB
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up before an NCAA College football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have botched the quarterback position repeatedly over the past two decades. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft Sunday, gaining a stronghold on Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence the same day they set a team record for futility. The only thing standing in the way of the small-market team drafting Lawrence is the junior’s decision to turn pro. —Signing Nick Foles: The Jaguars gave Foles a four-year, $88 million deal in 2019 free agency that included $50.125 million guaranteed.
Jags starting Mike Glennon vs Bears, sitting James Robinson
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 13: Mike Glennon #2 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a pass against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on December 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Mike Glennon will make his fourth start of the season when the skidding Jacksonville Jaguars host playoff-hopeful Chicago on Sunday. Mike Glennon will make his fourth start of the season when the skidding Jacksonville Jaguars host playoff-hopeful Chicago on Sunday. ``There’s not a whole lot of guys left that I played with, but there’s a handful,`` Glennon said this week. ``I think anytime you’re going against your former team, there’s always some added excitement.
Casting call: Skidding Jaguars holding QB, GM auditions
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)The Jacksonville Jaguars are holding all sorts of auditions during Christmas week. Khan fired Dave Caldwell late last month and made former San Francisco executive Trent Baalke the interim GM. Smith, who spent a dozen seasons as Texans GM, already met with Atlanta and is expected to also interview with Detroit. Jacksonville (1-13), which has lost a franchise-record-tying 13 consecutive games, has arguably the most attractive GM opening in the league. Caldwell and Marrone took a chance on Minshew this season, but the 2019 sixth-round draft pick showed more flaws than flashes.
Mayor Lenny Curry: Jets’ win could be defining moment for woeful Jaguars
Head coach Doug Marrone of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on prior to their game against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field on Nov. 29, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. “THE New York freaking Jets delivered an early Christmas present to Jacksonville today,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry posted on Twitter before vowing to light a victory cigar. “Seriously, this Jets win could be a defining moment for our ball club. STOCK UPRookie K’Lavon Chaisson, the 20th overall draft pick in 2020, is showing signs of promise. KEY NUMBER2 — number of games Jacksonville needs to lose to lock up the No.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars’ loss to Ravens was their worst performance of a miserable season
In a season of misery, I can say that that performance against Baltimore was the worst of them all. I think we all just witnessed the worst loss in a season filled with losses. If you look solely at his numbers (22 of 29 passing, 226 yards, two touchdowns), they look good. While the Jaguars weren’t winning games, they were at least competitive mostly deep into the second half. The Jaguars might get a touchdown or two, but they’re not winning games with this current offensive lineup.
Jackson leads surging Ravens to 40-14 rout of Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. Instead, Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a feel-good, confidence-building blowout that boosted their chances of reaching the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Jackson threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Baltimore built a 26-point halftime lead against helpless Jacksonville in a 40-14 victory Sunday. The Ravens (9-5) have won three straight following a three-game skid and remained in the hunt to secure one of three AFC wild-card spots. The highlight of the fourth quarter was a 22-yard first-down run by Baltimore offensive lineman Tyre Phillips with a Jackson fumble.
Soaring Ravens can’t afford letdown against lowly Jaguars
The Ravens would love to savor the memory of Lamar Jackson coming off the bench to throw a pivotal fourth-down touchdown pass before setting up Justin Tucker for a 55-yard winning field goal. So if the Ravens experience a letdown Sunday against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), then Jackson's heroics in that epic 47-42 win over the Browns could turn out to be meaningless. “These are professional players, and they understand that to make the last win matter, you have to win the next one," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t know if it’s hitting their stride or just really executing on a real high level, both in the run game and in the pass game," coach Doug Marrone said of Baltimore. Rookie Jake Luton started three games while Minshew was out with a thumb injury and Mike Glennon started the following three games.
Jaguars making another change at QB, go back to Gardner Minshew
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Doug Marrone is going back to Gardner Minshew. The Jaguars coach said on Monday that he was making another change at quarterback, going back to Minshew over veteran Mike Glennon. The Jaguars (1-12) travel to Baltimore on Sunday mired in a 12-game losing streak. Minshew finished 18 of 31 for 178 yards and a touchdown, although looked shaky in the pocket. Minshew was found to have fractures in his thumb during the bye week and Marrone stuck with Glennon even when Minshew was healthy enough to return.
Mark Brunell: Where was the effort against the Titans?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I don’t think anyone expected the Jaguars to win on Sunday against the Titans. I know Doug Marrone didn’t announce his decision after the game, but I can’t imagine going back to Glennon at this point. In all likelihood, it’s going to be Minshew starting these next three games and the teams seeing what he can do. You’re not going to see any of those players, Glennon, Jake Luton or Minshew, here long term. The Jaguars have three games left to change that direction, where it’s not the worst season we’ve ever had.
Four takeaways: Jaguars have no answers for Henry, no clear-cut option at QB
The Jaguars are now 1-12 on the season and are one loss away from matching the longest losing skid in franchise history, and three losses away from the worst season in Jaguars history. The Jaguars had no answer for Derrick Henry, againThe Jaguars entered the game ranked 30th out of 32 teams in the NFL in run defense. Henry averaged 88.7 rushing yards per game against the Jaguars in his career before Sunday. With three games to go, Robinson ranks 13th in Jaguars’ history with 1,035 rushing yards. He needs 289 yards in the final three games to finish in the top five in single-season rushing yards in Jaguars’ history.
Henry runs wild, Titans hand Jags 12th straight loss, 31-10
So Vrabel stuck with Henry, who delivered a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped him make NFL history. Henry ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns, his best performance in five trips to his hometown area, and the Titans dominated Jacksonville 31-10 on Sunday and handed the Jaguars a 12th consecutive loss. Enjoying a big performance about 25 miles from his hometown of Yulee was something new for Henry. Henry had 170 yards on 17 carries in the first 30 minutes, including a 36-yard touchdown run. He added a 47-yard scamper early in the third as the AFC South-leading Titans (9-4) started to pull away.
Derrick Henry, Titans run over reeling Jaguars
The Titans and a very familiar running back came to town and pulverized the Jaguars 31-10 on Sunday in a one-sided romp that saw Jacksonville change quarterbacks again. But no magic from Gardner Minshew could bail the Jaguars out of a season-worst 28-point hole that Yulee High graduate Derrick Henry and the Titans put them in as the march towards an all-time worst season continues. Full Screen 1 / 20 Laviska Shenault Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball past Rashaan Evans of the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on December 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Henry was dominant in steamrolling a team that he grew up watching, cracking the 200-yard mark and pacing the Titans (9-4) much of the game. Henry ripped off a 36-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds before the break and the Jaguars proceeded to go three and out in just 35 seconds.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars need to give Gardner Minshew another shot
Why not think about going back to Gardner Minshew and see if he can get things moving. We’ve seen Luton. We haven’t seen Minshew since the Chargers game and he was playing with breaks in his thumb. I thought Glennon played well in last week’s 27-25 loss to the Browns. If Marrone rolls the dice once more with Glennon, and unless he shows significant improvement, the Jaguars need to go back to Minshew.
Vikings still committed to core, as Jaguars starting over
The Jaguars, 9-30 since October 2018, initiated an aggressive teardown before last season and fired general manager Dave Caldwell last week. Even teams with no wins or few wins, it’s still a bunch of pro athletes with a bunch of pride, and they’re going to show up and they’re going to play hard and they’re going to be coached well. Losing to Minnesota would serve to lower the second-round selection the Jaguars obtained for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in late August. Ngakoue still leads the Vikings with five sacks despite being traded to Baltimore after six games. GLENNON AGAINThe Jaguars are sticking with quarterback Mike Glennon despite Gardner Minshew now being fully healthy from his thumb injury.
Even with Minshew healthy, Jaguars sticking with veteran Glennon at QB
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars are sticking with Mike Glennon at quarterback, at least for this week. Coach Doug Marrone said on Wednesday that the coaching staff feels that the veteran gives the team the best shot to win right now. Week 1 starter Gardner Minshew is able to play, Marrone said, but Glennon is the guy for now. I thought he played well [last week],” Marrone said. Minshew hasn’t played since a 39-29 loss to the Chargers in Week 7.
Jaguars sticking with Glennon even though Minshew is healthy
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) throws a pass as he is rushed by Cleveland Browns defensive end Adrian Clayborn, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Quarterback Mike Glennon is getting another start for the Jacksonville Jaguars even though Gardner Minshew is fully healthy. Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday he’s sticking with Glennon at Minnesota (5-6) on Sunday. It probably helped that Glennon was solid in his first start since Week 4 of the 2017 season. Glennon didn’t have a turnover — the first time since the season opener Jacksonville played a clean game — and wasn’t sacked. “There’s no doubt that we are going to try to win every single game that we play,” Marrone said.
Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence
The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row. Receiver Cooper Kupp, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and running back Darrell Henderson all were active after missing practices with injuries. Raiders: T Kolton Miller (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), QB Marcus Mariota, RB Theo Riddick, G John Simpson, DT Daniel Ross.
Jaguars halfway home to another high pick, potential reboot
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In what could be his final two months on the job, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is making changes. They’re halfway home to another top-five draft pick and probably another significant reboot. Then again, since the Jaguars face the toughest schedule of anyone in the second half of the season, it might not matter. They play three divisions leaders (Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tennessee), three second-place teams (Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis), plus Cleveland (5-3) and Minnesota (3-5). WHAT’S WORKINGRunning back James Robinson has four touchdowns in three games, further establishing himself as the team’s most consistent player.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars should see what they have in QB Jake Luton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s still a loss, but the Jaguars didn’t play like a team that’s going in the tank on Sunday against the Texans. But I want to focus on the quarterback spot and the play from rookie quarterback Jake Luton, a sixth-round pick from Oregon State. Luton got DJ Chark back into the mix and Chark had been off the radar for weeks and out of sync with Minshew. I think that Luton, with what he showed against the Texans, certainly has earned another week of starting. I think the Jaguars should give him another chance and see what he can do.
When will it end? Losing skid reaches 7 as Jaguars fall to Texans
The Jaguars played far better than they had before the break, but the slide continued on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to the Texans marked the seventh consecutive since a Week 1 win over the Colts. The Jaguars had three drives to try and tie things up in the final quarter and nearly did. The Jaguars visit Green Bay next week, the first team in a rugged second half schedule. Luton got the call to start over the Jaguars bye week when X-rays revealed fractures in the thumb of Minshew.
NFL home teams now 65-65-1 in this pandemic season
That means that going into tonight’s Saints-Buccaneers showdown, home teams are 65-65-1 so far this season. The .500 mark is lower than last year’s .518 mark by home teams that was the lowest home field success rate since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002. Las Vegas though has taken control on its first two drives of the second half. Neither had started an NFL game, but both have been in the league much longer than DiNucci. ___1:05 p.m.Eleven NFL teams entered Week 9 with two or fewer losses.
Could Texans-Jaguars be considered an AFC South pillow fight?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have been here before. The Jaguars (1-6) are last in the AFC South, the same spot they occupied in each of the last two seasons and three times in the last four years. The Texans haven’t brought up the rear in the South since 2013. One of them will double their win total and escape the AFC South cellar when they meet Sunday. “Man, they just need to forfeit the game,” Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen quipped.
’Dream come true’ for Jaguars rookie Jake Luton, but can he succeed on Sunday?
Although the Texans, like the Jaguars, are struggling with a 1-6 record, the obstacles to success for Luton are many. I had my girlfriend calling plays to me, but they don’t exactly know how to spit it out the right way, the right verbiage. That may be an accurate scouting report, but Luton has yet to face an NFL defense or a live rush. On a Jaguars offense that has been struggling to score points (perhaps, somewhat due to Minshew playing with an injury on his throwing hand), can the Jaguars devise some ways to let Luton play free and easy? “I dreamed of playing in NFL and getting that opportunity to step out here will definitely be a dream come true.”
Marrone looking forward to seeing what rookie Luton can do
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A rookie sixth-round quarterback preparing to make his first NFL start for the Jaguars because of an injury — sound familiar? Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has a bit of experience with this. So, when Jake Luton makes the start for the Jaguars (1-6) on Sunday against the Texans (1-6) at TIAA Bank Field, it’s something that both Marrone and Jaguars fans know all too well about. On Sunday, Marrone and the Jaguars will get another look at a sixth-round rookie quarterback in Luton, who will start in place of Minshew. Because it’s a unique position, especially now this year without the preseason games where you can kind of see him in the preseason games, where things are going fast and you’ve got have a lot of bodies flying around you,” Marrone said.
Rookie Jake Luton will start Sunday for Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Gardner Minshew dealing with a thumb injury, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he will go with rookie Jake Luton as the team’s starting quarterback Sunday against the Houston Texans. Luton, like Minshew, was a 6th round pick of the Jaguars. Unlike Minshew, Luton did not have the benefit of preseason games to get his feet underneath him in the preseason. When asked if there was anything that he could see in practice that would cause Marrone to not start Luton, Marrone said, “I’ve watched him enough (in practice). Luton will become the fifth quarterback to start a game for the Jaguars since Doug Marrone took over.
Four things the Jaguars should do after the bye week
The Jaguars drafted 12 players this year. If so, the Jaguars will have to allocate a sizable chunk to Robinson, who plays the premium position of left tackle. Andrew Norwell goes from being a $12 million cap hit to a $15 million cap hit, but his dead money drops from $18 million to $6 million, so the Jaguars have more flexibility to move on from him if needed. And, it would be a shock if the Jaguars would move on from Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. We saw the Jaguars in 2018 start to fray at the seams later in the season.
Franchise futility: Jaguars' QB history filled with failure
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Doug Marrone can’t help but chuckle when reminded what he’s had at quarterback during his NFL head coaching career. “At the end of the day, you have to do the best job you can with the players that you have. Minshew has a strained ligament and multiple fractures in his right thumb, according to a person familiar with the situation. The injury could prompt Marrone to turn to rookie Jake Luton after the team’s bye week. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday because the Jaguars (1-6) have not disclosed Minshew’s injury publicly.
Report: Jaguars QB Minshew dealing with fractures, strained ligament in right thumb
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew is battling serious discomfort in his right hand and X-rays this week showed that he has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his thumb, ESPN reported. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars didn’t know about his injury until this week. ESPN reported that Minshew has had the pain in his thumb since a loss to the Texans on Oct. 11. It isn’t known if Minshew will be healthy enough to play when the Jaguars host the Texans on Nov. 8. He has struggled since Week 2 and the Jaguars are mired in a six-game losing streak.
Mark Brunell: Not many changes Jaguars can make to turn things around
Is this where the Jaguars make wholesale changes and shake things up to turn things around for the second half of the season? At this point, I don’t know what else there is to do for the Jaguars. I saw the report earlier Sunday about the Jaguars potentially pulling Gardner Minshew and playing backup Mike Glennon. I don’t think Doug Marrone wants to do that. I don’t think Marrone should replace Minshew and I don’t think he will.
Four takeaways: Do Jaguars make a change at QB?
The QB question at the byeWith the Jaguars bye week pushed back to the first weekend of November, the team has played seven game with Gardner Minshew as the quarterback this season. In fact, the Jaguars didn’t achieve a first down until there was less than 11 minutes left in the second quarter. That being said, when the Jaguars needed Minshew to make plays in the fourth quarter, he did not. Not only is he a guy the Jaguars can build around for the future, he is the present of the Jaguars offense. That was a big play, but the true turnaround actually took place in the second quarter when the Jaguars offense and defense started to show up.
Herbert leads Chargers to 39-29 victory over Jaguars
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrates his rushing touchdown with Joshua Kelley (27) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)INGLEWOOD, Calif. – At last, a victory. The rookie threw for a season-high 347 yards and three touchdowns as well as running for a score as the Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak. James Robinson led the Jaguars with 119 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). After Badgley's 35-yard field goal on the opening drive, rookie Joe Reed scored his first NFL touchdown on a 7-yard jet sweep around right end. It was the Chargers' first rushing touchdown since Herbert in Week 2 against Kansas City.
Jaguars limp into bye week with 6th straight loss as questions mount
Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball against CJ Henderson of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. The Jaguars went back and forth with the Chargers, but couldn’t close things out on the West Coast in a 39-29 loss in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Jaguars enter the bye week at 1-6 and losers of six consecutive games. Minshew connected with Chris Conley on a 28-yard touchdown pass and found Ben Ellefson for a two-point conversion for a 29-22 lead. Jacksonville went for two-point conversions three times and went for it on fourth down four times.
The Latest: Seahawks lead Cardinals 27-17 at halftime
___10:09 p.mArizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Irving has been carted off the field after a collision on a kickoff just before halftime against the Seattle Seahawks. Jacksonville rallied from a 16-0 deficit and took the lead, but the Jaguars have been blanked in the fourth quarter. ___7:10 p.m.Tom Brady moved one touchdown pass ahead of Drew Brees for the career lead. Mayfield threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant to even the score in the second quarter. New York leads 3-0.
Jaguars look for ways to get offense back into a rhythm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two weeks into the season, Jay Gruden and the Jaguars offense had fans excited. Six games into the season, the offense has hit the skids. The Jaguars have failed to score 20 points in half of their games this season. There can’t be any finger-pointing.”For the offense to really get humming Gardner Minshew will have to take his play to the next level. In each of the Jaguars five losses this season, Minshew has had at least one turnover.
Fixing, not firing, is the path Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is focusing on
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Doug Marrone doesn’t see big changes making a big difference for the struggling Jaguars. If there were a change to make, Marrone said that he’d gladly be willing to make it. But the issues plaguing the Jaguars have been so widespread week to week that there’s not one simple fix to get things turned back around. A day after the Jaguars' fifth straight loss, Marrone said that there aren’t clear-cut personnel changes that would help. Marrone said that the team is trying to put players in the best position possible but knows that the losing skid opens him up to skepticism.
Mark Brunell: Minshew and Jaguars offense going backwards
That’s five straight losses for the Jaguars and Sunday’s 34-16 clunker may have been the worst among all those defeats. We know the defense struggles, but you can’t score 16 points in the NFL and expect to win. I know the defense gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground and a lot of points, but this loss was on the offense. I think the overall consensus at this point is that Minshew is not a franchise quarterback. We know the defense is going to give up points week after week.
No end in sight: Jaguars dominated in loss to Lions
Chark of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter in the game at TIAA Bank Field on October 18, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. The slide continued for the Jaguars, who were knocked around from open to close by the Lions in a 34-16 loss at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. After three straight losses to previously winless teams (Dolphins, Bengals, Texans), the Jaguars found the one-win Lions just as challenging to stop. The defense gave up 185 rushing yards, the bulk of those to Swift (116 yards on 14 carries, two TDs) and 40 more (and a TD) to Adrian Peterson. As a team, the Jaguars finished with 44 yards rushing on 16 carries.
5 Jacksonville brunch spots worth checking out
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I am that person that can eat breakfast most anytime of the day. RELATED: Grumpy’s voted Jacksonville’s best brunch spotThe great thing about Jacksonville hinges on the fact that the foodie scene is expansive and includes different cultural culinary creations with amazing views and hospitality second to none. Dig into the traditional Irish breakfast, the Irish skillet, BYO Breky, while savoring a pint or whiskey (too early?) They have been voted Jax Best Breakfast, Jax Best Brunch…just Jax Best presented by Visit Jacksonville. It’s time for me to get some extra cardio in, so I can prepare for another weekend of brunch overindulgence.
Marrone wants Jaguars to refocus after uneven start to season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No doubt that the Jaguars have had a challenging and erratic start to the season. Doug Marrone is trying to bring things back to the basics and help players refocus. What was a solid 1-1 start had spiraled into what fans had probably expected to see from the Jaguars (1-2) this season. And among the heavy rookie presence on the Jaguars, undrafted free agent running back James Robinson has had quite the start. When the games came and Marrone saw that Robinson could pass protect and contribute offensively, he was impressed.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars take a big step back with listless showing against Dolphins
We had some big games, big wins on Monday Night Football. We had some big games and big wins on Thursday nights and on Sunday nights. And then to come out and play like that, on national TV, no less, was a major step back for the Jaguars. Thursday night was a big step back. A big step back.
Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. Fitzpatrick completed his first 12 passes — a career high — as Miami scored touchdowns on its first three drives for the first time since 2011. Fitzpatrick also ran for 39 yards and a score, his 37-year-old legs looking as fresh as any in Miami’s backfield. “As a group we just didn't get it done,” said Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and two turnovers. The Jaguars have won two in a row against the Bengals, notching victories in 2017 and 2019.
Not quite ready for primetime: Jaguars fall flat against Dolphins
As leaky as the defense played early in those games, it got better as the game went on. There was no second half burst by the offense. Despite his two rushing touchdowns, Robinson was limited to 46 yards on the ground. The Jaguars defense has allowed 62 first-half points in the first three weeks. • Robinson now has three rushing touchdowns this season, equaling the number of rushing scores that the Jaguars had last season.
Jaguars see Thursday night game as chance to improve reputation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday night’s game offers a chance for the Jaguars to change the narrative around the team. Now, with the 0-2 Dolphins coming to town, the Jaguars are actually favored to win, being installed by oddsmakers as three-point favorites. So, 1-1 in the division is a great spot to be.”The game will also feature more teal than we have seen before. The Jaguars have done well in primetime games, winning the last four meetings under the lights. This offseason, the Jaguars signed Joe Schobert as a free agent, who supplanted Jack at the middle linebacker spot.
Versatile rookie Laviska Shenault has given Jaguars offense spark
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Is that really the Jaguars offense we’re looking at? Through two weeks, the Jaguars have lined Shenault up at wide receiver, in the wildcat and at running back. But to just sprinkle a few plays with him in the backfield and doing some different things with him.”Shenault’s ability to do so many different things on the field has already impressed his teammates. “And then, it’s a testament to our coaching staff being very creative and just trying to get him the ball in different ways. It’s fun to see each week what they come up with and how we can include him in different ways.”
Gostkowski kicks 49-yarder as Titans beat Jaguars 33-30
(AP Photo/Wade Payne)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans know good teams win ugly games, and being 2-0 for the first time in 12 years has a way of making any victory look much prettier. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left, and the Tennessee Titans remain undefeated after holding off the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-30 Sunday. It’s exciting to get the win and get the Titans to 2-0.”Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Gostkowski came up huge for the Titans on something that wasn't a chip shot. “Excited to be 2-0 for the first time here in Tennessee," third-year Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. So the Titans turned to Tannehill, the quarterback who led the NFL in 2019 with a 117.5 passer rating.
Win leads to national recognition for Jaguars, Minshew, Henderson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After beating the Colts to open the season 27-20, the Jaguars were nominated four three league-wide awards. 5 attempts) pic.twitter.com/PJd2og6BHN — Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) September 15, 2020Rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson, who had an interception and the game-clinching pass defense was nominated for NFL rookie of the week honors, an award won by Minshew seven times last season. The nominated celebration was the bowling choreography with Laviska Shinault, Cam Robinson, DJ Chark, A.J. Cann and James Robinson, the latter four acting as bowling pins as Shinault celebrated his touchdown by bowling a strike with the football.
Overlooked? Underrated? Marrone thinks Jaguars ‘can be special’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have a chance to surprise, possibly even shock, much of the NFL. 1 draft pick in April — and assembling one of the youngest rosters in the league, the Jaguars are mostly a league-wide afterthought. The Jaguars don’t care. “I really think that this team can be special,” coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. “We don’t feel like we’re underdogs at all,” receiver DJ Chark said.
Mark Brunell: Jaguars must rally together to prove critics wrong
On Tuesday nights virtual edition of the Mark Brunell Show, Brunell told News4Jax insiders that in the locker room, the lowe expectations can be used to pull the team together. A lot of people are calling it tanking," Brunell said. "I dont think theres tanking going on. Players dont tank. Just we dont know we saw glimpses last year.
Jaguars promote Glennon to active roster, put Williams on IR
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted quarterback Mike Glennon from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday and placed linebacker Quincy Williams on injured reserve. Williams, a fifth-round draft pick who was benched last season, had surgery for a core muscle injury last month. Glennon gives the Jaguars an experienced backup heading into the opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton beat out Glennon for the backup spot, but the veteran might be a better option, if needed, to fill in for starter Gardner Minshew early in the season. Jacksonville also rounded out its 16-man practice squad by signing defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale and cornerback Sidney Jones.
Jaguars QB Garner Minshew feels confident in teams desire to win
While tanking might not be the right word, it does appear that the Jaguars are in the middle of a rebuild. Some of the veteran players that the Jaguars have cut ties with just didnt fit what the team wants to do now. So I feel very confidently in everybodys desire to win and thats absolutely not anything that we envision happening.This offseason, the Jaguars traded several veteran players away. But Marrone said if the team is tanking, no one told him because he knows his job is on the line. At the end of the day, if I dont win enough games or do enough with this team, I dont foresee me still being employed.
News4JAX Insiders chat with Mark Brunell & Cole Pepper
Curious about the Jaguars’ recent moves and wondering how they’ll compete in what promises to be an NFL season unlike any other? Mark Brunell and Cole Pepper, co-hosts of The Mark Brunell Show, addressed those topics in the second in a series of News4JAX Insiders-only live events Tuesday night. SUBSCRIBE: Sign up for your free News4JAX Insider account todayIn case you missed it, Mark and Cole hosted a live chat last week with a dozen Insiders while they talked about the departures of Yannick Ngakoue and Leonard Fournette, the players who must step up to replace their production and the development of Gardner Minshew, among other topics. News4JAX Insider is a membership program that connects you with the inner workings of our newsroom while providing access to exclusive perks. Insiders receive opportunities to share feedback through surveys, view never-before-seen content and get recognition for their contributions to the News4JAX community.
Jaguars kick off ‘Get in the Game’ voter drive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Come November, the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t want anyone sitting on the sidelines. The franchise is launching “Get in the Game,” an organization-wide voter registration drive that kicks off Tuesday with the goal of motivating fans to register to vote and get more involved in the community. In the first half of the campaign, Jaguars players and coaches are calling for fans to register to vote before Oct. 5. Once the deadline passes, the messaging will pivot toward encouraging voter turnout ahead of the general election in November. The team has also created a resource on its website containing details about voter registration and key deadlines.
Scrimmage is a shot for Minshew, Jaguars to see where theyre at so far
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Its been lot of work crammed into a short amount of time for the Jaguars. On Saturday morning, the Jaguars will hit the turf at TIAA Bank Field for their final scrimmage of training camp and quarterback Gardner Minshew is ready for the chance. The Jaguars season opener is Sept. 13 at home against the Colts. And then, just move the ball, communicate well and score when we get in the red zone.Early reviews for the Jaguars offense have been relatively positive thus far in training camp. I think one of the biggest things is just chemistry with the receivers and learning the timing within the offense, Minshew said.
Chris Conley: Big name NFL players, QBs must use platform for change
Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley is a middle-of-the roster player in the NFL. Like so many players, even those who have played in the league for years, they know that they are very replaceable. He did join the NFL players coalition in signing a letter calling for a federal investigation into the Ahmaud Arbery shooting. Conley wants players like Brady and other star quarterbacks to do something many of them typically dont do. Lets find the actionable things that people can do to change and lets put pressure on them right now.
Planning on drafting Gardner Minshew in fantasy football? Do it for the beer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Draft Gardner Minshew in fantasy football early enough and it may just win you a case of Bud Light. The promotion was published on Tuesday by Bud Light. It allows owners who select the Jaguars quarterback in the first round of their fantasy draft to be entered into a sweepstakes that could turn into ice cold beer. Could the allure of free beer push Minshew into the category of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Drew Brees? Tweet a screenshot of your lineup showing Gardner as your first pick with #BudLightMinshewDraft and #Sweepstakes and you could win a case worth of Bud Light!
Jaguars receiver Laviska Shenault has big goals for rookie season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Laviska Shenault has goals and they go without saying. The Jaguars rookie wide receiver wants to accomplish things that rookies just shouldn’t be able to accomplish. Why can’t that be Shenault, who said he’s approaching this season wanting to be the No. I’m trying to do all types of things; I don’t really have a certain thing I want to do,” he said. He’s really impressed me.
Gardner Minshew: Colleges canceling seasons devastating for players
Minshew said that his heart goes out to the players, especially the upperclassmen, whose college careers may have come to an end. Minshew knows that without a sterling final season in college at Washington State, he would probably be doing something else right now. Without that year at Washington State I wouldnt have been drafted. Dont know, my life would have been way different. Minshew put up solid numbers at East Carolina but left there with one year of eligibility remaining and joined Leach at Washington State.
Jaguars have just 3 players left on COVID-19 list after moving 2 back to active roster
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jaguars continue to thin out the list of players who have been sidelined or in quarantine from COVID-19. On Friday, the team removed tight end Charles Jones and receiver Michael Walker from the coronavirus list. The Jaguars have had 12 players on the list in total. Jacksonville has had two starters on the list since training camp began, right tackle Jawaan Taylor and quarterback Gardner Minshew. The Jaguars roster had three players opt-out of the season by Thursdays deadline, defensive end Lerentee McCray, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and defensive tackle Al Woods.