The Jaguars are going with quarterback Mike Glennon on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, giving the NFL journeyman his first start in more than three years.
Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday, three days after he considered benching rookie Jake Luton during a 27-3 loss to the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers. Luton completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards and threw four interceptions against the Steelers.
Luton went winless in three starts for Jacksonville (1-9), which has dropped nine in a row. The skid ties the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.
Luton replaced Gardner Minshew (thumb) during the team’s bye week and has completed 54.5% of his passes for 624 yards, with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has been sacked seven times. His inexperience showed in all three games, first down the stretch in close losses to Houston and Green Bay and then as he struggled against the blitzing Steelers.
Minshew resumed throwing last week, but Marrone hasn’t seen enough to believe he is ready to return.
The 30-year-old Glennon has started 22 of the 29 games he has played over seven NFL seasons with the Raiders, Arizona, Chicago and Tampa Bay. He has 36 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.
The Buccaneers drafted him in the third round in 2013. He made $18.5 million during his one season with the Bears, making his last start in Week 4 in 2017.
Glennon then got benched for Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky, who got benched for Nick Foles, who got benched in Jacksonville for Minshew, who got replaced by Luton, who is now benched in favor of Glennon.
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