Jaguars turn to GlennonatQB Bengals to start Allen at QB against Giants
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mike Glennon’s first start in more than three years took a circle of benchings that involved five quarterbacks and two teams more than a thousand miles apart.
Try to follow along: Glennon was benched in 2017 for then-Chicago rookie Mitchell Trubisky, who was benched this season for Nick Foles,
who was benched last year in Jacksonville for rookie GardnerMinshew, who was replaced this month by rookie Jake Luton, who is now benched in favor of Glennon, a former Westfield-Chantilly standout.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone
made Glennon his starter for Sunday’s game against Cleveland (7-3) three days after he considered pulling Luton during a 27-3 loss to unbeaten Pittsburgh. Luton completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards and four interceptions against the Steelers.
“I think he gives us the best chance to win,” Marrone said of Glennon. “Mike’s experienced and that’s why we brought him in here, to be able to fill in whenever we need him. So he’ll get his opportunity.”
Luton went winless in three starts for Jacksonville (1-9), which has dropped nine in a row— tied for the longest single-season skid in franchise history.
Luton replaced Minshew (thumb) during the team’s bye week and has completed 54.5% of his passes for 624 yards, with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He also was sacked seven times. His inexperience showed in all three outings, first failing down the stretch in close games against Houston and Green Bay, then looking mostly lost against the blitzing Steelers.
Minshew resumed throwing last week, but Marrone hasn’t seen enough to believe Minshew is ready to return. He could serve as Glennon’s backup Sunday.
Either way, Jacksonville will have three starting quarterbacks for the first time since 2010, when Trent Edwards and Todd Bouman filled in a game each for David Garrard.
Glennon, 30, has started 22 of 29 games over seven NFL seasons with Oakland, Arizona, Chicago and Tampa Bay. He has 36 touchdowns passes and 20 interceptions. His last start came in Week 4 in 2017 with the Bears.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars will be
without three defensive coaches against Cleveland because of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
Marrone said defensive coordinator ToddWash, defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich and defensive assistant Dwayne Stukes will not be available against the Browns. Rebrovich missed last week’s game against Pittsburgh because of coronavirus protocols.
Marron and assistant special teams coordinator Mike Mallory will run the defense during practice this week.
On Sunday, secondary/safeties coach JoeDana will call the defense and assistant linebackers coach Tony Gilbert will coach the defensive line. Assistant TylerWolf will take care of Gilbert’s responsibilities from the coaching booth.
The Cincinnati Bengals’ backup quarterback will remain the backup. A former practice squad quarterback will jump to the starting role in the wake of Joe Burrow‘ s season-ending knee injury.
The Bengals are planning to start Brandon Allen on Sunday against the New York Giants, NFL.com reported, citing a source informed of the situation.
Ryan Finley, who entered the game when Burrow went down last week against Washington, will remain in the backup spot. Finley completed 3 of 10 passes for 30 yards and an interception for a 0.0 passer rating in five drives after Burrow left the game. A 2019 fourth-round pick, Finley went 0-3 in his career as a starter last year.
Allen, 28, has more experience in ZacTaylor’s system. The duo spent two years together with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and 2018. Allen signedwith Cincinnati this offseason and has been on the practice squad the entire year before being elevated in the wake of Burrow’s injury.
Meanwhile, the Bengals added receiver AudenTate and offensive lineman B. J. Finney to the COVID-19 list.
Panthers: Carolina running back ChristianMcCaffrey practiced Wednesday, working in a noncontact red jersey. McCaffrey did not practice last week and missed his second straight game because of a shoulder injury. The running back previously missed six games with an ankle injury. McCaffrey hurt the shoulder in his first game in Week 9.
Texans: Houston will be without wide receivers Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quad) for their Thanksgiving Day clash with the Detroit Lions. Cobb is expected to miss several games.
Bears: Chicago running back David Montgomery told reporters that he has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and expects to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Vikings: Coach Mike Zimmer said the team will “wait and see” if wide receiver AdamThielen will be available for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Thielen is on the reserve/ COVID-19 list.
Jets: Quarterback SamDarnold returned to practice after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. Darnold was a limited participant.
Falcons: Atlanta activated defensive end Dante Fowler from the COVID-19 list. Fowler was placed on the list Nov. 14 during the team’s bye week and didn’t play last Sunday in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. An edge rusher, Fowler has recorded 16 tackles, six quarterback hits, two sacks and a forced fumble in eight games..
Dolphins: Miami activated defensive tackle Christian Wilkins off the COVID-19 list.