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Jaguars’ Nick Foles benched for Gardner Minshew vs. Bucs

Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently seen enough from Nick Foles since he’s returned from injury. After struggling in the first half of Sunday’s game, Foles has been benched for Gardner Minshew versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers per Adam Schefter.

In the first half, Foles completed seven of his 14 attempts for 93 yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception. To make matters worse, Foles also fumbled the ball twice with one of them resulting in a defensive touchdown for the Buccaneers.

Due to his poor play from under center, the Jaguars are choosing to go back to their rookie signal-caller. Since returning from a shoulder injury in Week 11, Foles has now combined for only 661 yards, two touchdowns, and four turnovers.

Of course, Foles was given his starting job back after Minshew had started in Weeks 2-9 (while Foles was on injured reserve. While Minshew started, Jacksonville went 4-4 and kept their playoff hopes alive in the AFC South.

In addition, the rookie sixth-round pick also threw for 2,010 yards, 11 touchdowns, and three interceptions in his eight starts. But in his last game as the starter, Minshew struggled against the Houston Texans with 309 yards, zero touchdowns, and four turnovers.

Therefore, Jacksonville believed it was best to go back to Foles following the team’s bye week. Now, they may be regretting that decision as the Jaguars have seen their playoff aspirations quickly fade away in recent weeks.

Over the offseason, the Jaguars signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract in hopes he could become their franchise quarterback. As it currently stands, the Jaguars are likely having buyer’s remorse.