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Wednesday Update: Glennon taking advantage of opportunity

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JACKSONVILLE – Mike Glennon's approach remains the same.

Glennon, an eight-year veteran who went more than three years without an NFL start until November of this season, will start at quarterback for the Jaguars Sunday for a fifth time in six games.

That the start will come at the end of a disappointing 2020 season doesn't matter as much to Glennon as the opportunity itself.

"Every opportunity you get to be a starting quarterback in this league you don't take for granted," Glennon said Wednesday as the Jaguars (1-14) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (10-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Glennon, the Jaguars' backup quarterback through the first 10 games of the season, has completed 85 of 137 passes for 811 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions this season. He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in a 41-14 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday, with Head Coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday naming him the starter over Games 1-7 and Game 14 starter Gardner Minshew II.

"It's kind of what I hit on earlier in the year: You never know when these chances are going to come again," Glennon said. "It's kind of the same mindset and mentality I've had: Just enjoy it, try to make the most of my opportunity and try to end the season on a high note. There haven't been a whole lot on the field. It would be good to start the season with a win, end the season with a win and move on to 2021."

The Jaguars after a Week 1 victory over the Colts have lost 14 consecutive games, setting the record for the longest losing streak in franchise history. They secured the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft this past Sunday with the loss to the Bears and a New York Jets victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Glennon twice previously played for teams that selected No. 1 overall the following offseason – the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2018 Arizona Cardinals.

"I think this group has handled it as well as any group I've been a part of," Glennon said. "It's a young group and maybe in a good way they don't know any different. They've handled things the right way. No one has shown any quit. No one has pointed any fingers. No one has looked forward to next year.

"Everyone has just taken it one week at a time, giving it our all. We've come up short, but it hasn't been for a lack of effort or hard work."


Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on left tackle Cam Robinson, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season: "I've been impressed with Cam. He has fought through some nagging injuries and played and done some good things. We've been in some known passing situations where he has had to pass block some pretty good pass-rushers and he has battled his tail off. In the running game, he's shown more pop and explosiveness out of his stance this year and I think he's going to continue to get better. He fought through some injuries early in his career and I think you can see his physicality starting to shine. He's at a position where he's only going to get better and better and better. The sky is truly the limit for Cam with the athletic skill set that he has and the power that he has. Now, when he puts everything together, fundamentals, seeing different fronts and looks, I think he has a chance to be a great one. I think he's going to be a heck of tackle in this league for a while."


Marrone: "For me as a coach, when you're not doing well, you don't ever want it to end. You want to try to keep getting opportunities and try to keep winning. I think that's what's important, so that's the competitiveness that you want. You don't want to say, 'God, I can't wait for this to be over and then we'll see what happens' and then kind of reboot, reboot, reboot. I like to keep competing every single week and keep playing, keep playing. We just run out of opportunities to practice and get better and do things. … I don't try to look too far [in the future] and I don't try to look too back in the past. I just try to do the best job I can so the players and the coaches [do too]."

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