Mike Glennon: QB leaves.
The appellant’s veteran is back in the starting lineup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday.
The team has benched six-round rookie Jake Luton, and Gardner Minshew continues to move closer to his full health after a thumb injury.
Sunday’s game against Cleveland will mark Glennon’s first start since Week 4, 2017 with the Chicago Bears.
The former 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-round pick started 13 games as a rookie but quickly fell by the wayside, making just nine starts since 2014. After a year in Chicago, during from which he was benched in favor of Mitchell Trubisky, Glennon spent a season as a substitute in Arizona, Oakland and now Jacksonville, respectively.
The 6-foot-7 Glennon has a career completion percentage of 60.9, with 5,163 total yards, 36 touchdowns and 20 INTs in 29 appearances.
The Jags look to the veteran after Luton struggled the past two weeks after a solid first outing. Sunday against a good defense from Pittsburgh, the rookie looked quite like a sixth round. He completed just 16 of 37 attempts for 151 yards with 4 INTs for a rating of 15.5 passers. Luton struggled with accuracy on Sunday and at times looked bemused at the Steelers defense.
Marrone turns to Glennon, hoping she won’t bury the rookie’s confidence.
“We’re just going to take a step back, and digest it for a while, and just get you back on track,” Marrone told Luton. “He’s fine. I think he has a chance to become a good football player in this league.”
Marrone added that he was looking to Glennon in part because Minshew wouldn’t get enough shots in practice this week – as the team deals with a COVID-19 issue – for the Jaguars be comfortable bringing it back. Minshew could however be the replacement.
“I want him to have a full week, a full workload, before I put someone in there,” Marrone said. “I don’t have a problem with his save this week, and if he has to go for a quarter or a half or whatever if something happens to Mike, then at least he’s available.”
As Marrone’s time at Jacksonville seems to be heading to a possible end, the one-win Jags will allow Glennon to shake off the rust in a lost season.
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