Luton completed 60 of 110 passes for 624 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions while recording one carry for a 13-yard touchdown in three games this season. The rookie sixth-round pick received a surprising opportunity to start after Gardner Minshew went down with an injury, but he failed to take advantage of the three-game opportunity. Luton and Minshew are the only quarterbacks under contract for next season with Mike Glennon hitting free agency, but Jacksonville is poised to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick during the 2021 NFL Draft. Luton figures to be fighting for a roster spot in training camp.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Luton will be bypassed for the start at quarterback Week 12 against the Browns in favor of Mike Glennon, the Associated Press reports. The rookie sixth-round pick had started each of the past three games in place of an injured Gardner Minshew (thumb) and proved remarkably inefficient, completing only 54.5 percent of his throws for 5.7 yards per attempt while tossing two touchdowns against six interceptions. Even with the 1-9 Jaguars in evaluation mode at this stage of the season, Marrone decided he had seen enough from the rookie and will instead hope that Glennon -- who will be making his first start since 2017 -- can provide some semblance of stability under center. Minshew, meanwhile, hasn't quite healed from the multiple fractures and sprained ligament in his right thumb and won't be available as anything more than a backup against Cleveland, but Marrone is hopeful the second-year signal-caller can take back the starting role Dec. 6 in Minnesota if he can resume throwing fully by next week.
Luton completed 16 of 37 attempts for 151 passing yards, throwing no touchdowns and four interceptions during Sunday's 27-3 loss to Pittsburgh. He also fumbled but recovered the loose ball himself. In what may have been a predictable outcome in a matchup against Pittsburgh's vaunted defense, the rookie signal-caller was a turnover machine during his third career start. He was capable of keeping the Jaguars competitive against the Texans and Packers over his first two appearances Weeks 9 and 10, losing by a combined six points, but Sunday he was overwhelmed by the Steelers. After putting in a week of limited practices before ultimately being deemed inactive, Gardner Minshew (thumb) may be ready to retake the starting reigns next Sunday against the Browns.
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Luton will receive a third straight start at quarterback Week 11 versus the Steelers, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports. After missing the Jaguars' past two games, Gardner Minshew (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, but John Shipley of SI.com relays that the signal-caller was only able to throw on a limited basis this week. As such, Minshew doesn't look as though he'll be anything more than an emergency backup if active Week 11, giving Luton at least one more opportunity to potentially stake his claim to a permanent starting role. Luton surpassed 300 passing yards in his NFL debut Week 9 in a loss to Houston, but he struggled to navigate windy conditions in Green Bay in Week 10, completing only 18 of 35 attempts for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception. A matchup with a tough Pittsburgh defense isn't an ideal spot for Luton to post dramatically better numbers Week 11.
Luton completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 24-20 loss to Green Bay. Luton absorbed three sacks during the Week 10 defeat while committing a giveaway for a second straight outing, but he again proved capable of keeping the Jaguars competitive in a matchup against a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. Last Sunday against Deshaun Watson and the Texans, Luton and Jacksonville fell by only two points. On the road in Green Bay, the rookie had his team ahead by three in the fourth quarter. The sixth-round draft choice moves to 0-2 as a starter, though there may be a case for him to keep his job once Gardner Minshew (thumb) returns from injury. Minshew had dropped his past six starts before suffering the injury, with Jacksonville losing by double digits in four of those outings. Next up for the Jaguars is a home game against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||1||15.56|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||4||17.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||54.5||624||2||6||13||1||31|