Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws against the Giants in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew II split Eagles’ reps

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is apparently making progress from a sprained left ankle but during Wednesday’s walkthrough he still split the first-team practice reps with Gardner Minshew II.

Hurts was injured on Nov. 28 and missed the following game against the New York Jets before the Eagles’ bye last week. But whether he will be healthy for this Sunday’s game crucial contest against the Washington Football Team is uncertain.

The Eagles and Washington are both 6-7 entering Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni said of the splitting of the reps. “You want to make sure that you’re covered if one guy can’t play. So that’s it.”

The Eagles listed Hurts as a limited participant on Wednesday.

Minshew was impressive during his Week 13 start against the Jets as he completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-18 triumph.

Hurts started Philadelphia’s first 12 games and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has 695 yards and eight scores on the ground.

“It’s been a day-by-day thing,” Hurts said of his ankle. “Coming in here every day, doing everything in my power to make myself available for my team. That’s been my mindset, that’s still my mindset. Trying to be available for the team.”

Running back Miles Sanders (ankle) was a limited participant. Sanders had a season-high 120 yards against the Jets and has 578 for the season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) following the win over the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Gardner Minshew II to start against Jets

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II will make his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the host New York Jets.

Starter Jalen Hurts had been listed as questionable all week due to an ankle injury sustained when he got stepped on in the second half of last week’s loss to the New York Giants. The Eagles moved him to the inactive list Sunday.

Minshew handled most of the first-team reps in practice this week. He has played in only one game this season, completing both pass attempts for 11 yards in Philadelphia’s 44-6 win at Detroit in Week 8.

The Eagles acquired Minshew in an offseason trade with Jacksonville after the Jaguars used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft on quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Minshew, 25, was 7-13 as a starter with the Jaguars from 2019-20, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Hurts, 23, has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards in 12 starts this season. He has 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 695 yards with eight touchdowns.

The Eagles (5-7) are 11-0 all-time against the Jets (3-8).

In addition to Hurts, running back Jordan Howard, defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu and defensive backs Kary Vincent Jr., Tay Gowan and Mac McCain are inactive for the Eagles.

For the Jets, wide receiver Corey Davis returns after missing last week’s 21-14 win against the Texans with a groin injury. Davis has 32 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns in eight games this season.

Inactive for New York are tight end Trevon Wesco, running back La’Mical Perine, offensive lineman Isaiah Williams, defensive backs Jarrod Wilson and Rachad Wildgoose, and defensive linemen Tim Ward and Sheldon Rankins.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) hands off the football to running back Kenneth Gainwell (14) in the second half of an NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Gardner Minshew II probable starting QB for Eagles

Gardner Minshew is slated to start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Jets on Sunday with Jalen Hurts battling an ankle injury, according to a published report.

Another report indicates the Eagles will wait and see how Hurts is feeling on Sunday before making a final decision.

Hurts was injured in the fourth quarter of last week’s 13-7 loss to the New York Giants. He was a limited practice participant on Friday.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that there was still time to wait before making a decision.

Minshew was acquired by Philadelphia from the Jacksonville Jaguars in late August. He has started 20 NFL games and compiled a 7-13 record.

Sirianni said there would be adjustments to the offensive game plan if Minshew was the starter. Minshew prefers to operate from the pocket while the highly athletic Hurts is comfortable operating on the run and is very effective when he tucks the ball and heads up field.

“You know what your backup likes, and you know what he does well,” Sirianni said. “I don’t want to say it’s different game plans. It’s different styles a little bit because you tweak everything for each individual player. But we’re playing a certain style of defense, so there will be some similarities regardless of who’s playing quarterback.”

Minshew has seen action in one game this season and completed both passes for 11 yards. He has thrown for 5,541 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 24 appearances with the Jaguars (2019-20) and Eagles.

Hurts is in his first season as a full-time starter and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has rushed for 695 yards and eight scores.

Overall, Hurts is 6-10 as an NFL starter. He threw a career-worst three interceptions in the loss to the Giants.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterbacks (15) Gardner Minshew II and (16) Trevor Lawrence during drills at Tuesday's minicamp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their Tuesday morning session of the team's mandatory minicamp at the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field, June 15, 2021.

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Urban Meyer says Jags’ QB competition still open

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer claims No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew are still competing to start in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

A reporter asked Meyer at training camp Thursday whether there was still a chance Lawrence wouldn’t be under center for the season opener.

“Is there really a chance? Uh, I think we’ll answer that as it gets closer,” answered Meyer, who then responded affirmatively to a follow-up question about whether it is still an open competition for that honor.

The Jaguars open their preseason schedule at home Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. The regular season opener against the Texans is one month away on Sept. 12 in Houston.

Lawrence and Minshew have been splitting the first-team reps in camp.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson.

Minshew, 25, is 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 TDs and 11 picks during that span.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) runs the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jags QB Glennon to start Sunday over Minshew

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon reportedly will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears, one of his former teams.

Multiple outlets reported Saturday that Glennon will make his fourth start of the season after splitting first-team reps in practice this week with Gardner Minshew.

The Jaguars (1-13) bring a franchise-record 13-game losing streak into the game with the visiting Bears (7-7).

Glennon, 31, was the starter in Weeks 12-14 and completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 600 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Bears signed Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract in March 2017, only to release him one year later after they selected Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Glennon made four starts (1-3 record) with Chicago in 2017, passing for 833 yards with four touchdowns, five picks and two lost fumbles.

A third-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2013, Glennon has thrown for 5,763 yards and 39 TDs in 32 career games (25 starts) with the Buccaneers, Bears, Cardinals, Raiders and Jaguars.

Minshew, 24, has thrown for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games (eight starts) in 2020.

Rookie Jake Luton, 24, also made three starts (Weeks 9-11) under center for Jacksonville this season.

–Field Level Media

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

Sep 27, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals bid to jolt Jaguars for first win of season

The Cincinnati Bengals will try to get over the proverbial hump against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

The Bengals (0-2-1) are still winless on the season, but lost their first two games by a combined eight points. Last week, Cincinnati settled for a 23-23 tie at Philadelphia.

“We just need a win, period,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “It doesn’t matter who it’s against. It’s an ongoing process, it doesn’t click overnight. We continue to look for improvement with our guys.”

Jacksonville (1-2) also is beginning to feel desperate for that winning feeling. A surprise winner in the season opener, the Jaguars then lost on a late field goal at Tennessee before a humbling 31-13 loss to visiting Miami on Sept. 24.

It’s not hard to find the Jaguars’ most pressing issue. Jacksonville has yet to score on an opening drive this season, and its defense has allowed a touchdown on the opening drive in each of the first three games. Better starts will lead to better end results, quarterback Gardner Minshew said.

“That’s a goal of ours — to jump out early and let the defense go hunt,” Minshew said.

Rookies will play a role for both offenses on Sunday.

Running back James Robinson put up 129 scrimmage yards (83 receiving, 46 rushing) and two rushing touchdowns for the Jaguars last week. Robinson’s 339 scrimmage yards in his first three career games are the most for an undrafted player in the common draft era of the NFL.

For Cincinnati, No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow has certainly looked like a franchise quarterback in his first three starts. Burrow is completing 64.5 percent of his throws, has 821 yards passing and two 300-yard games. He has thrown five touchdowns against one interception.

Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who has helped Minshew develop quickly at the NFL level, said Burrow is the real deal. He’s seen similar attributes in Minshew, who is completing 73.8 percent of his throws for 787 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

“Doesn’t play like a rookie quarterback,” Marrone said.

“He can run, he can move, he has a quick release, he can throw the ball, he can hit all the different spots. He’s got a hell of a lot of talent around him and he’s a very talented player. He’s tough as hell. You can see that on film.”

The Bengals hope to see fewer hits on their QB in the near future. Burrow has been sacked a league-high 14 times in just three games, and taken at least twice that number in additional hits. Philadelphia ramped up the pressure last week by sacking Burrow eight times.

It’s a recipe the Jaguars may not be able to follow, however. Jacksonville is next to last in the NFL with just three sacks in three games. Over the last two games, Marrone’s defense has defended just two passes and has no interceptions.

“But really, the guys who are creating it are on the back end at times,” Marrone said. “If their quarterback’s going to their first read and that first read’s open, unless you just completely whiff it’s going to be very difficult to get guys down.

“We’re working on this group effort to try to get a little bit more pressure on the quarterback.”

The Bengals’ ground game has been largely ineffective, and the defense has had issues getting stops — particularly late in halves and games. But Burrow is pressing to get Cincinnati a win, and that means he’s not going to change how he plays. He doesn’t sound worried about the hits taken in the process.

“I’m going to get hit. I’m going to try to extend the play as much as I can. That’s just something I understand is going to happen,” Burrow said. “Guys (on the offensive line) are going to lose (sometimes), guys are going to get beat. That’s the nature of the league,” Burrow said. “It’s my job to limit mistakes and make plays.

“I don’t get paid to take sacks. I get paid to make plays, so that’s my job.”

The Bengals’ job on defense would be easier with the return of defensive tackle Geno Atkins (shoulder), but he remained a limited participant at practice on Wednesday.

“I’m hopeful, as always,” Taylor said.

Starting left guard Michael Jordan (knee) was limited on Wednesday, and cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander (ribs/hamstring) and Darius Phillips (knee) were non-participating and limited, respectively.

For the Jaguars, Pro Bowl receiver D.J. Chark Jr. (chest/back) was limited at practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Quincy Williams (core muscle) was also limited as he was scheduled to return from the injured reserve list.

Out on Wednesday were two starting offensive linemen: center Brandon Liner (knee) and right guard A.J. Cann (illness).

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) walks on the bench during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

It’s beard vs. ‘stache as Dolphins face Jaguars

The Thursday night contest between the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars is lining up to be a hairy affair.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went to bat for his bushy beard on Tuesday while Jacksonville counterpart Gardner Minshew II defended his mustache and threw in a little subtle jab at Fitzpatrick’s age.

Suddenly, this Florida showdown is more than just a nationally televised episode of “Minshew Mania.”

Fitzpatrick, 37, started the back-and-forth with his take on Minshew’s facial hair.

“The mustache versus the beard, I think the beard is a cooler look,” Fitzpatrick said, while adding a laugh. “I think guys that grow mustaches a lot of times have patchy sides for their beards, so they just stick with the mustache.”

The comment was naturally relayed to Minshew, and the 24-year-old added his retort.

“I’ll let (my mustache) speak for itself,” Minshew said. “I think I’ve shown I can grow a beard with no patchy sides.

“But, you know, I’m going to have respect for my elders, especially when they’re much, much elder.”

That feisty side is part of what has made Minshew a big favorite in Jacksonville in only his second NFL season. His stellar play doesn’t hurt, either.

Minshew has fired three touchdowns passes in each of the first two games for the Jaguars (1-1). He has completed 75.4 percent of his passes for 512 yards and six touchdowns while being intercepted twice.

The solid play has helped Jacksonville average 28.5 points. The Jaguars have been exceptional in the red zone with six touchdowns in seven opportunities.

That is the type of production a veteran like Fitzpatrick appreciates.

“I like watching him. I enjoy his playing style,” Fitzpatrick said of Minshew. “It looks like he’s out there having fun. It’s not easy to play quarterback in this league. It’s not easy to play as a young quarterback. He’s already had a lot of success. He’s had a great start to the season.”

Of course, Fitzpatrick is trying to keep from looking over his shoulder as Dolphins fans anticipate the beginning of the Tua Tagovailoa era.

Fitzpatrick did his part to keep the former Alabama star on the bench by passing for 328 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday in a 31-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Fitzpatrick is focused on breaking down the Jaguars and looking to get Miami (0-2) in the win column.

“Well, for me as a quarterback, you look at some of that stuff and you look at tendencies, but if they do blitz, then we need to have an answer for it,” Fitzpatrick said. “I can’t sit here and rely on those things. We’ve got to have answers for everything.”

The Dolphins do need to find some answers on the defense side of the ball as they rank 30th in total defense (440.5 yards per game) and 29th against the run (164 yards per game).

The latter deficiency certainly will be tested by the Jaguars, who are ecstatic about the play of undrafted free agent running back James Robinson.

Robinson rushed for 4,444 yards and 44 touchdowns for FCS program Illinois State but wasn’t deemed worthy of being drafted by any of the NFL’s 32 teams. But his strong training camp performance helped prompt Jacksonville to part ways with Leonard Fournette, and Robinson’s 164 rushing yards are the most ever through the first two career games by a Jaguars back.

He rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries Sunday in a 33-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

“What you guys are seeing now is probably what I’ve been seeing all of camp,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “Just a real steady, good football player. If there’s something there, he’s going to find it. He’s not going to make mistakes and lose yardage for you, and he’ll try to keep the chains going. He’s a tough runner.”

The Dolphins likely will be trying to corral Robinson without cornerback Byron Jones (groin), who missed practice on Tuesday after being injured on Sunday. Four Miami players were limited at practice: safety Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral), cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), defensive end Shaq Lawson (hip) and receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring).

Sitting out practice for the Jaguars on Tuesday were center Brandon Linder (knee) and defensive back Brandon Watson (illness).

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Former 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

Bucs’ Fournette: First time in my life, I really have a QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette complimented his new quarterback and likely distanced himself from all of his previous ones with one comment on Tuesday.

“For the first time in my life, I really have a quarterback,” Fournette told reporters Tuesday.

While that’s nice to hear for Tom Brady, one must consider the feelings of current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew as well as former teammates Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and Cody Kessler.

Admittedly, Minshew is entering just his second season. However, Bortles guided the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game following the 2017 campaign. Heck, Foles was the Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles just weeks later.

Then again, Brady’s resume includes six Super Bowl titles, three NFL MVP awards and 14 Pro Bowl selections among a litany of other honors.

As for Fournette, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was asked on Tuesday how big of a role the running back would have in the offense during the team’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

“He’ll have a solid role in this plan,” Arians said of Sunday’s game. “He’s a very bright guy – (he) picked it up pretty quick today. Obviously, he can’t do everything, but he’ll have a solid role in the plan for the week.”

Fournette, 25, set career-high totals in rushing yards (1,152), receptions (76) and receiving yards (522) in 2019. He was limited to just three rushing touchdowns while routinely facing stacked boxes, however.

Fournette has rushed for 2,631 yards with 17 touchdowns and has 134 catches for 1,009 yards and two scores since being selected by the Jaguars with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media