JACKSONVILLE – New week, new team.
And while the result is a new opportunity for Josh Dobbs, that doesn’t mean the past few days haven’t been hard to digest.
“It’s been a crazy week,” Dobbs said Wednesday as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Houston Texans (0-1) in an AFC South game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Dobbs, a third-year veteran, on Monday was a third-team quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As of Tuesday, he is the Jaguars’ backup quarterback – having been traded to Jacksonville in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Dobbs will back up rookie Gardner Minshew II, who took over as the starter Sunday after Nick Foles sustained a broken clavicle in the first quarter of a season-opening loss to Kansas City.
“They tell you you’re going to get traded, and two hours later you’re at the airport,” Dobbs said. “You just throw stuff in a bag and you pack for two weeks – at least. It’s definitely a hectic turn of events, but it’s fun. It’s fun to embrace the adversity and continue to learn and grow.”
Dobbs, a fourth-round selection from the University of Tennessee by the Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft, said he liked what he had seen in his early look at the Jaguars’ offense.
“It meshes with my talents a lot,” Dobbs said. “It has very similar concepts to what I’ve run in college. I think that in itself gives you some comfort. Plays you’ve run, progressions you’ve made, reads you’ve seen throws, that you’ve made already … it might be called something different, but it’s good to see plays I’ve been successful in. That’s what I’ve seen right now, and I’ve only been here a day and a half.”
Also around the Jaguars:
*Defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue as expected missed practice Wednesday, with Campbell missing with a foot injury and Ngakoue missing with a hamstring injury. “I feel OK, and obviously trying to do everything I can to be the best player I can be Sunday,” Campbell said. Campbell, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, was asked if he could play Sunday without practicing. “Throughout my career, I’ve tried to be out there as much as possible practicing to get as many reps as I can get,” Campbell said. “At the same time, I do have experience and if it comes to a situation where I don’t get to be out there throughout the week as much hopefully that would be beneficial on Sunday.” Also out of practice for the Jaguars Wednesday were offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) and rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring). Left tackle Cam Robinson (knee), linebacker Quincy Williams (knee) and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (elbow) were limited in practice Thursday.
*The Jaguars faced the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes – this past Sunday. To hear Head Coach Doug Marrone tell it, they could be playing the 2019 MVP this coming Sunday. That’s how highly Marrone thinks of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who Marrone on Wednesday said “probably competes for the MVP; I can’t say anything more than that.” Watson passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 1 loss to New Orleans, rallying the Texans into the lead with a late drive before the Saints won on a 58-yard field goal on the game’s last play. “We are going in and playing against another quarterback who has the same amount of skill, the same amount of ability, and I think it’ll be between those two guys who’s going to be the MVP,” Marrone said in comparing Watson to Mahomes. “I’m sure someone else will start playing well down the road, right now those guys just took it Week 1, but those two guys are playing really well.”