The Jacksonville Jaguars have endured one of the more rougher starts in the NFL this season but are set to get a major boost with quarterback Nick Foles set to return from injury.
Foles injured his collarbone in the Jaguars season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Though Foles’ fill-in, rookie Gardner Minshew, performed admirably in his absence, head coach Doug Marrone named Foles as their starter moving forward. Foles will return to the lineup this weekend in their Week 10 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
This is a major lift for a 4-5 Jaguars team that is looking to keep pace in the tough AFC South. Their loss last week in London against the Houston Texans certainly hurt their chances at a playoffs berth but there’s no reason they can’t rally over the next half-season. Minshew turned the ball over four times in the loss.
While a 4-5 record through nine games means Foles and company have an uphill battle the rest of the way, it’s nothing the veteran quarterback isn’t used to. During his career in Philadelphia, Foles became known for making something out of nothing and winning against all odds.
Foles’ postseason success and ability to come through when it matters earned him a lucrative $88 million deal with the Jags this summer. With a price tag like that, Jacksonville was never going to keep Minshew in as the starter, regardless of how well he played.
Minshew did have a couple of flashes of brilliance here and there over the past two months but was also extremely turnover prone. This is to be expected as a rookie, but there’s no doubt the Jags and all of Jacksonville are ecstatic to have their starting QB back under center moving forward.