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Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, based on what you've seen, is there any chance Luton comes in and lights things up?

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone on Monday said he planned to start rookie quarterback Jake Luton Sunday against the Houston Texans with Gardner Minshew II likely out with a thumb injury. Based on what I saw during training camp, I think Luton has a better arm than Minshew – and I think he will throw downfield more. He looked good enough in training camp to make you believe there's a chance he could play well. At the same time, Luton never has taken an NFL regular- or preseason snap. The chances of him lighting it up therefore must be considered relatively minimal – at least immediately.

JT from Fort Worth, TX

Luton officially gets the nod. Curious to see how this plays out.

You're not alone.

Dan from Greer

So what if we get a top-level quarterback in the draft? When the Colts picked Andrew Luck, he could have been right up there with the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady... but the Colts couldn't protect him and look where he is now. Unless we get an offensive line to protect him so he's not continually running for his life, it's a waste of a pick unless you bench him until you get quality players around him ...

A couple of thoughts on your thoughts. First, Luck was hardly a "wasted pick" for the Indianapolis Colts; he quarterbacked them to the postseason four times. Second, if you think the offensive line is the problem with the Jaguars' offense this season … well, you're not watching closely. The area has been good in most games this season and at least adequate more often than not. The Jaguars have allowed a few too many sacks, but a good amount of those sacks can be attributed to Minshew holding the ball too long and running into sacks, or the Jaguars trailing – and trailing by double digits – a lot. Both factors make it very difficult for an offensive line to protect the passer. But even if for argument's sake the Jaguars' offensive line was a weak spot … is the solution to that problem to not draft a potential franchise quarterback?

Bruce from Skepticville

Wondering the source of Roger from Houston's "intelligence" on Trevor Lawrence. But I agree he is no Peyton Manning. His record in big games and winning championships is way better than Peyton's was in college. So... what's his point?

I rarely know anymore.

Luke from Brisbane, Australia

O, I appreciate you answering fans' questions honestly each day (though evidently not always popular!) Regarding Minshew: the thumb injury potentially explains a lot about his performance over the last month (given the importance of opposable thumbs and all). However, you dismiss it. Do you see it as a case of the cutthroat nature of the NFL where excuses aren't acceptable and you either play through injury or it's 'next man up'? Or do you see it as more relating to his decision-making, etc., rather than accuracy and strength of passes (which would be affected by such an injury). Cheers!

I don't dismiss the importance of an opposable thumb. I don't know where I would be without mine. Either way, Minshew's issues over the past month were roughly the same as they were last season in terms of arm strength and ability to see the field and make decisions with the ball.

Vince from Farmington, NM

Mighty O: After we have all suffered through the advertising portion of this election season, I may have had an epiphany. Come time for Pro Bowl voting, Jags Nation should mount a voting push for former Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue! I mean heck almighty, I don't think anyone has cared for or watched the thing in the last several years and it would possibly net us a better selection next draft. What says you mighty O? O Yes or O no?

You go, girl.

Dwayne from Jacksonville

I'm having mixed feelings about voting defensive end Yannick Ngakoue into the Pro Bowl. Should we stuff the ballot or not?

The Jaguars will receive a fourth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft from the Minnesota Vikings as opposed to a fifth-round selection if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl for the Ravens this season. So, should Jaguars fans vote for Ngakoue? Sure. What's the harm?

Cliff from Las Vegas, NV

While I understand the current state of the franchise as it pertains to this season, is there any chance you see us as buyers during the trade deadline if there were a corner, defensive tackle or tight end that would help next year?

No. I don't anticipate the Jaguars trading draft capital for players before the NFL's November 3 trade deadline on Tuesday.

Crash from the Westside

O Man! Is Khan tanking for London? Who could blame him? He'd make a fortune over there.

No. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan is not "tanking" to move the team to London, and he never has tried to lose. He always has been willing to spend big money on and off the field, which is perhaps the biggest and more important measure of an NFL owner's desire to win. He has been committed to strengthening the Jaguars in Jacksonville since purchasing the team in 2012 and he remains committed to this.

John from Jacksonville

Oh, KOAGF: Please humor me in a what-if scenario if you can. What if the Jags lose against the Texans on Sunday, the New York Giants lose again and the New York Jets get their first victory? That would leave the Jags, Jets and Giants at one win each. If this remained the same for the remainder of the season, who would get the first draft pick in 2021?

The team with the weakest strength of schedule in 2020. That currently would be the Giants followed by the Jaguars followed by the Jets. But remember: That can change before season's end based on how teams all three teams fare the rest of the season.

Nicholas from Fort Hood, TX

Zone: Right or wrong, this was the best Monday morning that I have had in a while and also was one of the best Sundays. Not having to devote three hours to listen to an often-heartbreaking performance on the radio was a relief. Which personnel grouping should I be listening to for development in future years and which personnel group is likely not returning next year?

I expect the Jaguars to look a lot different at defensive tackle, safety and quarterback next season.

William the Contemplator from Jacksonville

Given that Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones and Kyle Trask will be available in the draft, don't you think there is a pretty good chance we will finally get a solid NFL quarterback in 2021 even if we are not picking in the top 3?

I think there's very good chance of getting a very good quarterback selecting in the Top 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. I haven't studied the quarterback class to know the quality of the class beyond the top two or three.

Greg from Section 122 and Jacksonville

Maybe I am being negative, but given the opponents we face in the back nine of the season, when is maybe time to put in some younger talent to see what you got? It is pretty obvious the only thing we are contending for this year is possibly the No. 1 pick. So, is it worth risking additional injury to someone like linebacker Myles Jack or defensive end Josh Allen who are going to be part of your core going forward? This is by no means supporting tanking but being practical about not wanting to risk injury to players in meaningless games. Not sure of the math but it would be safe to assume the Jaguars are all but out of contention for a playoff spot now.

You're not being negative; you're just voicing a thought that many fans think when their teams fall out of postseason contention. A couple of factors usually dictate how this process plays out. One is that getting young players playing time often takes care of itself as injuries occur during a season. Another is that players such as Jack, Allen and other good players want to play and it's unrealistic to tell them they can't simply because the team as a whole is struggling. Also: there realistically aren't that many young players who aren't playing that you want to evaluate and get experience. I expect the Jaguars to play many young players moving forward, but the reality is they're already playing a lot of young players. Hell, they're starting a rookie quarterback, a rookie running back and a rookie receiver. They're also starting a rookie cornerback and a rookie defensive tackle – and a rookie pass rusher is getting significant repetitions and playing time. Just how young should they skew?