Beathard completed five of 10 passes for 86 yards and an interception during Sunday's preseason win against Dallas. It was a poor showing for Beathard on Sunday, but his role as Trevor Lawrence's top backup was already secured after Gardner Minshew was traded to the Eagles on Saturday. Overall Beathard played well between the three exhibition contests, completing 27 of 40 pass attempts for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The 27-year-old is a solid backup option at quarterback, though things will have obviously gone wrong for the Jaguars if he's seeing any significant playing time in 2021.
Beathard completed nine of 14 pass attempts for 121 yards and two touchdowns during Monday's preseason game against the Saints. Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew continue to operate as Jacksonville's top two quarterbacks, but Beathard has played well in the No. 3 role. He completed 13 of 16 pass attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown during the preseason opener last week. The veteran signal-caller is doing his best so far in the preseason to show the Jaguars he's fit to be the top backup.
The Jaguars activated Beathard from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Beathard missed less than a week of practice while progressing through the league's COVID-19 protocols. He can now resume working as Jacksonville's third quarterback behind Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew.
Beathard was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Nick Mullens will require season-ending elbow surgery, opening the door for Beathard to make his 11th career start and his first of the season. Beathard entered the game in Mullens' place during last week's loss to the Cowboys, and he completed five of seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, a stat line that's slightly skewed by a 49-yard hail mary in the fourth quarter. Over 17 career games, Beathard sports a 1-9 record with a 57.8 completion percentage and 6.9 yards per target. He'll take the field without running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) or wideout Deebo Samuel (hamstring), but George Kittle (foot) has a chance to return this week, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.
Beathard will be the backup to Nick Mullens for at least the next six weeks, as Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will miss at least that long due to a high-ankle sprain, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Mullens will get first crack at filling in for Garoppolo, starting with Thursday's game against Green Bay. Beathard will wait in the wings should Mullens struggle, but considering Beathard has usurped Mullens as Garoppolo's backup as recently as earlier this season, the window is wide open for the Iowa product to get another shot under center if things start to go south for San Francisco's offense.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||24||27.00|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||7||14.00|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||5||14.00|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||3||10.00|
|3 Year Avg||61.5||680||5||2||32||0||52|