Jaguars free agency 2021: Checking out the team’s offensive needs
Any draft picks the Jaguars realize in return would be beneficial since they only spent a sixth-round pick on Minshew. In fact, the Jaguars haven’t had a tight end catch more than five touchdown passes since Lewis’ 10-touchdown season of 2010. So yes, the Jaguars need a tight end. He’s the best free agent tight end on the market. That’s how badly the Jaguars need to bolster the position.
Jaguars end worst season ever with 15th straight loss
(Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The worst season in Jaguars history is over. The Jaguars wrapped up their 2020 season in familiar fashion on Sunday, with another loss, this one 28-14 to the Colts. It was the worst season in Jacksonville’s 26-year history, eclipsing a 2-14 effort under Mike Mularkey in 2012. It was the ninth loss of the season by 10 points or more, and the fourth straight game in which the Jaguars weren’t even competitive. But he couldn’t move the Jaguars with much consistency, was sacked six times and lost a fumble that set up a 1-yard Taylor touchdown run.
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.
Skidding Jags rule out WR Chark for season finale at Colts
Coach Doug Marrone ruled out Chark (shin) on Friday, two days after saying running back James Robinson would miss the game because of a badly sprained left ankle. Chark leads the team with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns. Without Chark and rookie Collin Johnson (hamstring), the Jaguars (1-14) will rely on rookie Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley against the Colts (10-5). Journeyman Mike Glennon will make his fifth start of the season and second straight. He has two touchdown passes and six turnovers in his last 10 quarters.
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.
Best loss ever? Jaguars drilled by Bears, but earn No. 1 pick in draft
Mike Glennon of the Jacksonville Jaguars is sacked by Danny Trevathan of the Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field on December 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In a season filled with loss after loss after loss, this one came with a very big silver lining. The Jaguars dropped their franchise-record 14th consecutive game on Sunday in a 41-17 loss to the Bears at TIAA Bank Field but locked down hope for the future in the process. With the Jets holding on to beat the Browns 23-16, the Jaguars officially clinched the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft, no matter what happens in Week 17.
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.
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.
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 outlast error-prone Jags 27-24 on Bailey's OT kick
Minnesota Vikings place kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrates with teammates after kicking a 23-yard field goal during overtime in an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Cowboys, Panthers and Jaguars (1-11), who lost their 11th straight game, are a combined 8-27. Chase McLaughlin even had a chance to win it with a 62-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter that fell short. FOUR FIGURESJefferson joined Pro Football Hall of Fame member Randy Moss (1998) as the only rookies in Vikings history to reach 1,000 receiving yards. Vikings: CB Jeff Gladney (calf) and TE Brandon Dillon (ankle) each left the game.
Jaguars work overtime, but Vikings send them to 11th straight loss
The losing streak reached 11, the worst single-season skid in franchise history, with a 27-24 loss in the final two minutes of overtime to the Vikings. Harrison Smith intercepted Mike Glennon on Jacksonville’s third play of overtime and the Vikings fended off the Jaguars’ upset bid with a 23-yard field goal from Dan Bailey. Bailey had missed a 51-yard field goal try to try and win it in the fourth quarter and also missed two point-after tries in the game. Four plays later, Bailey booted a 48-yard field goal to give Minnesota a 24-16 edge. The Vikings would trot out Bailey for a 51-yard go-ahead field goal try with 18 seconds to go.
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.
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.
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.
’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.”
Report: Gardner Minshew will miss next week’s game with thumb injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew will miss next week’s game as he battles a thumb injury, according to a report from the NFL Network. Minshew reportedly has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his thumb, injuries that were not disclosed by the second-year player until X-rays during Jacksonville’s bye week. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Minshew will be placed on the inactive list prior to the Week 9 game against the Texans at TIAA Bank Field. Sources: #Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew is expected to be inactive for next week’s game vs the #Texans. Jacksonville’s offense has been erratic and Minshew has struggled the last several games, likely as a result of his thumb injury.
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.
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.
QB Mike Glennon among Jaguars practice squad additions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. After setting the active roster at 53, the Jaguars have signed quarterback Mike Glennon among the additions to the practice squad. The practice squad is typically only available for players with limited NFL experience, but because of the pandemic, the league expanded the squad from 10 players per team to 16 while allowing six of those players to be of any experience level. Glennon, 30, was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round in 2013. In six seasons in the NFL, Glennon has started 22 games, 13 of them coming in his rookie season in Tampa Bay, when the Buccaneers won four of his starts. Below is a working list of the players who have been reported to have been signed.
Jaguars make final cuts, keep rookie QB Luton to back up Minshew
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jaguars made their final roster cuts on Saturday, with the most notable news that they kept a rookie quarterback and waived a pair of veterans at the position. All 12 Jacksonville draft picks and four undrafted free agents made the 53-man roster, including sixth-round pick Jake Luton, who will back up Gardner Minshew II at quarterback to start the season. The Jaguars parted ways with both Josh Dobbs and Mike Glennon in Saturday cuts. Luton was a sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon State and performed well enough in camp that he made both Dobbs and Glennon expendable. He and Minshew are the only quarterbacks on the Jaguars roster.
An early shot at predicting the Jaguars 2020 roster
But its never too early to take a run at predicting who will be on the Jaguars final 53-man roster. BackfieldRB Ryquell Armstead: LockRB Nathan Cottrell: Long shot (r)RB Tavien Feaster: Long shot (r)RB Leonard Fournette: LockRB Devine Ozigbo: On the fenceRB James Robinson: Long shot (r)FB Connor Slomka: Long shot (r)RB Chris Thompson: Near lockSummary: In the backfield Fournette and Armstead are both locked into roster spots. As for Davis, he likely would have been a long shot in my book, but Gruden mentioned his versatility to play fullback. CornerbackCB Luq Barcoo: Long shot (r)CB Chris Claybrooks: Long shot (r)CB DJ Hayden: LockCB Amari Henderson: Long shot (r)CB CJ Henderson: Lock (r)CB Tre Herndon: LockCB Rashaan Melvin: Near lockCB Parry Nickerson: Long shotCB Josiah Scott: On the fence (r)CB Kobe Williams: Long shot (r)CB Brandon Watson: Long shotSummary: There will be some tough decisions to make at corner. Special teamsP Logan Cooke: LockK Josh Lambo: LockLS Ross Matiscik: Long Shot (r)LS Matthew Orzech: Near lockK Brandon Wright: Long shot (r)Summary: Cooke and Lambo are the two biggest locks on the roster.