Is it Jake Luton time in Jacksonville? It just might be.
Following an injury to Jaguars' starting quarterback Gardner Minshew, the former Beaver is in line to get his first career start next week against the Houston Texans.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Minshew will not be cleared to play in Week 9, meaning either Luton of fellow backup Mike Glennon will get the start.
Minshew has struggled this season, and rumors swirled that he could be benched due to poor production.
That never happened, but when Minshew went down with a hand injury, it opened the door for Luton.
Back in September, Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden raved about his rookie quarterback.
“Jake's been awesome man," said Gruden. "He's, you know, got about everything you know people look for in a quarterback; he’s tall, throws an accurate ball, has a big arm. He's actually, he's really smart. He learned the offense very fast, and he really hadn't needed much help there... I think [Jake has] been the biggest pleasant surprise, I would say—is his ability to come in here, learn, he plays with great poise and confidence for a young player.”
The Jaguars took a low risk, high reward flyer on Luton when they used the 189th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to select the Oregon State product.
According to Rapoport, both Luton and Glennon have impressed in practices, sometimes outperforming Minshew.
The Jaguars have the bye week this week and all of next week to decide who will get the start under center.
For the sake of Beavers, we hope Luton gets the call.