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Kicking Off Week 13: Glennon to start at QB Sunday

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

JACKSONVILLE – Mike Glennon will start at quarterback this week.

Glennon, who made his first start since 2017 for the Jaguars in a narrow loss to the Cleveland Browns this past week, will make a second consecutive start Sunday.

Head Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday.

"We're going to go with Mike Glennon; we just feel like he gives us the best opportunity," Marrone said as the Jaguars (1-10) prepare to play the Minnesota Vikings (5-6) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Marrone said he made the decision after discussing with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo who gives the Jaguars the best chance to win. The Jaguars have lost 10 consecutive games, a franchise record for most consecutive losses in a single season.

"He has been there; he has experience," Marrone said. "He showed that he can protect the football. He showed that he can make throws, take shots, have some accuracy. I thought he played well. He has been practicing well. He went in there and played well. Like I told him, 'We expect you to play better this week.'''

Glennon completed 20 of 35 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a 27-25 loss to the Browns this past Sunday.

"I thought he did some really good things last week; hopefully, we can build on them and move forward," Marrone said.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who started the first seven games, threw for 1,855 yards and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions in seven starts before missing the last four games with a thumb issue. Marrone on Wednesday said trainers have told him Minshew is fully healthy.

Rookie Jake Luton started three games in place of Minshew, throwing a touchdown and an interception in two games before throwing four interceptions against Pittsburgh in his most recent start.

Marrone was asked if Glennon is now the starting quarterback moving forward or if quarterback will be a "week-to-week" situation.

"It's tough to say," Marrone said. "Everything in this league is day to day, week to week – especially when we're having the season we're having right now and we're trying to get ourselves focused on Minnesota for a win. Every position has to play well week to week.

"If we feel like someone else behind them can produce better, or give us a better chance to win, we'll go ahead and make that move. I don't want to put it just on the one position. It's really all positions that we're looking at being able to do that. That's the truth.

"If you go out there and you play well, you don't have to worry about it. If you go out there and play poorly, and you've caused that with your decisions or what you've done, then obviously you're going to be in jeopardy."

Marrone also said the Jaguars don't plan to quarantine a quarterback moving forward. The Denver Broncos were forced to play against the New Orleans Saints when all four of their quarterbacks – Jeff Driskel, Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles – were unavailable because of COVID-19 and accompanying protocols. Practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hilton played quarterback for Denver Sunday.

"We did discuss that," Marrone said. "Jay and I had that discussion. We feel really good about what we're doing from a protocol standpoint, so I think right now we'll keep it the way it is."

The Jaguars' emergency fourth quarterback is rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.


Marrone said the following players will practice limited Wednesday: cornerback Sidney Jones IV (Achilles), wide receivers DJ Chark Jr. (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip), running back Dare Ogunbowale (hand), defensive back Brandon Rusnak, right tackle Jawaan Taylor and safety Jarrod Wilson. The following players are expected to miss practice Wednesday: linebacker Dakota Allen (ankle), linebacker Kamalei Correa, nose tackle DaVon Hamilton (knee) and tight end Ben Ellefson. Defensive tackle Abry Jones is designated to return from injured reserve, but Marrone said he will work on the side Wednesday. The following players are expected to work full Wednesday after being out with injuries: linebacker Shaq Quarterman, safety Josh Jones. Center Brandon Linder and tight end Tyler Eifert will miss practice Wednesday with a scheduled off day.

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