After a quiet trade deadline, the Texans are coming off the bye and playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at 12 p.m. No matter how bad the Texans are, you can always count on them beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in a pivotal game to better decide who will get the last place schedule in AFC South for the 2021 NFL season.
This endeavor will be a little bit easier for Houston this weekend. Gardner Minshew II will miss this week’s game with multiple thumb fractures, which may better explain his inconsistent play these last few weeks. The Jaguars are opting to start their rookie sixth round selection Jake Luton at QB instead of back-up journeyman and Guinness Book of World Records holder Mike Glennon. Big Cat Country has more on why Jacksonville is going with Luton instead of Glennon:
While a starting quarterback has not yet been completely determined, Marrone did say that 2020 sixth-round selection, Jake Luton, will be receiving the the first-team repetitions this week in practice, setting the stage for the second year in a row a rookie quarterback will become the team’s starting following an injury at the position.
“We might as well look,” Marrone said. “We might as well see what we have. Go ahead and play him, and let’s go.”
Luton, a sixth-round quarterback out of Oregon State, has been a healthy scratch after making the team’s initial 53-man roster in late August. During his final season with the Beavers, Luton completed 222 out of 358 (62%) of his passes for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and three interceptions.
“Both guys have to be ready; I’ve told both players they have to be ready,” Marrone said. “But I feel like I’ve seen a lot of Mike (Glennon); I haven’t seen a lot of Jake. I’m going to go with Jake taking the reps and see how he does.”
To sum it all up, the worst pass defense in football is going up against Deshaun Watson, who has been a fringe top five quarterback this year. The Jags are going to try and outscore Houston with a sixth-round pick making his first NFL start. This is Texans-Jaguars. This is cellar-dwelling AFC South football at its finest.