Nov 8, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) during warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars to start veteran QB Glennon vs. Browns

The Jacksonville Jaguars are turning to veteran quarterback Mike Glennon against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in what will be his first start since early in the 2017 season.

Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Gardner Minshew, who has missed the past three games with a thumb injury, is nearing full recovery and will back up Glennon this week.

The odd man out is rookie Jake Luton, the starter in Minshew’s absence. He went 0-3 as a starter for Jacksonville (1-9), which has lost nine straight.

Marrone said he talked to all three quarterbacks Wednesday morning, telling Luton, “We really like a lot of things that you’re doing, but we’re just going to take a step back and kind of digest things for a while and just look at things and get you back on track.”

In losses to the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, Luton completed 60 of 110 pass attempts (54.5 percent) for 624 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

In the 27-3 loss to the Steelers on Sunday, he was 16-of-37 passing for 151 yards and also threw four interceptions.

Glennon, 30, made his most recent start on Sept. 28, 2017, while playing for the Chicago Bears. He was 1-3 as a starter and benched for Mitchell Trubisky.

He has a career record of 6-16. In 29 career games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Bears, he’s thrown for 5,163 yards with 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Glennon has yet to play for the Jaguars this season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) looks on during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars waive RB Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was waived by the team on Monday.

Head coach Doug Marrone said attempts were made to trade Fournette, who accounted for more than 30 percent of the Jaguars’ yards from scrimmage in 2019, but Jacksonville found no takers.

“We couldn’t get anything, a fifth, a sixth, anything. We couldn’t get anything,” Marrone said.

The LSU product was drafted four spots ahead of Christian McCaffrey, the eighth pick in 2017 to the Carolina Panthers, but becomes the latest prominent player ushered out of town by the Jaguars.

Since the 2019 trade deadline, the Jaguars have traded or released Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Fournette. The team reportedly floated Fournette in trade offers during the 2020 NFL Draft, and had nibbles from the Miami Dolphins, among other teams.

Fournette, 25, must clear waivers to become a free agent, but reportedly has interest in joining the Saints — he was born in New Orleans — and Kansas City Chiefs.

Ngakoue, 25, is headed to the Minnesota Vikings in a trade agreed to on Sunday. Ngakoue was given the franchise tag by the Jaguars in March, but refused to rejoin the team.

Fournette was bothered by injuries and never played a full 16-game regular season in his three years with the Jaguars.

He had a career-high 1,152 rushing yards and caught 76 passes for 522 yards in 2019.

–Field Level Media