When the Jacksonville Jaguars traded quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears, many expected them to be in the market for a quarterback early on in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Jaguars held two first-round picks, but elected to spend those on the defensive side of the ball. The Jaguars did draft quarterback Jake Luton in the sixth round, but he's not seen as someone who will come in and challenge for the starting job. Then again, it was Gardner Minshew who was selected in the sixth round last year.
The Jaguars also made the decision to sign former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Mike Glennon, who is a veteran that can come in and push the younger guys. While he has played in just four games over the past two seasons, the 30-year-old is someone who has experienced plenty of quarterback competition in his seven seasons in the league, even if it was competing for the right to back up the starter. During a virtual press conference on Friday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone explained that having Glennon on roster will make everyone more comfortable.
"For me, there's a comfort level from having a veteran presence in that room," Marrone said, via the Jaguars' official website.
Glennon was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent his first four seasons in Tampa before signing with the Bears. Glennon then went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals and Raiders as well. In 29 career games, he has passed for 5,163 yards, 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also has a 6-16 record as a starter.
Glennon had a very successful collegiate carer at NC State, throwing for 7,085 yards, 62 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in his last two seasons as the leader of the Wolfpack.
"Having studied Mike quite a bit when he was coming out of NC State, and having a good background with him, I really feel he's going to help out football team in a lot of different ways," Marrone said, adding that Glennon will "bring experience to the room, go out on the field and compete.
"I'm happy with that. I wasn't trying to hide anything. I was trying to make sure that if we didn't do something early in the draft that we were going to get some of veteran presence in there."
It appears Marrone was somewhat interested in taking a quarterback with one of his first-round picks. Unfortunately, three signal-callers were taken in the first six picks, but if someone like Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert fell to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall, they might have taken a quarterback.
Glennon joins a quarterback room which includes the presumptive starter Minshew, Joshua Dobbs and then Luton. While it's likely Minshew will start the 2020 season under center, the pressure is on to show that he can improve in his second year.
"I don't know," Marrone said when asked how Minshew will handle increased expectations. "That's really a question for him. I'm just expecting to get his best. He's been in so many tough, adverse situations on his path and journey to the NFL. I'm assuming he'll rely on a lot of that."