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Jags bench rookie QB Luton, switch to vet Glennon vs Browns

Wed Nov 25 9:05am ET
By MARK LONG
AP Pro Football Writer

Jacksonville Jaguars' Mike Glennon warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are going with quarterback Mike Glennon against Cleveland, giving the NFL journeyman his first start in more than three years.

Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday, three days after he considered benching rookie Jake Luton during a 27-3 loss to unbeaten Pittsburgh. Luton completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards and four interceptions against the Steelers.

Luton went winless in three starts for Jacksonville (1-9), which has dropped nine in a row. The skid ties the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.

Luton replaced Gardner Minshew (thumb) during the team's bye week and has completed 54.5% of his passes for 624 yards, with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He also was sacked seven times. His inexperience showed in all three games, first failing down the stretch in close games against Houston and Green Bay and then looking mostly lost against the blitzing Steelers.

Minshew resumed throwing last week, but Marrone hasn't seen enough to believe he's ready to return.

The 30-year-old Glennon has started 22 of 29 games over seven NFL seasons with Oakland, Arizona, Chicago and Tampa Bay. He has 36 touchdowns passes and 20 interceptions. His last start came in Week 4 in 2017 with the Bears.

And here's the craziest part: Glennon got benched for Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky, who got benched for Nick Foles, who got benched for Gardner Minshew, who got replaced by Luton, who is now benched in favor of Glennon.

The 6-foot-7 Glennon has bounced around in recent years, playing for Oakland (2019), Arizona (2018) and Chicago (2017) after beginning his career in Tampa Bay (2013-16). The Buccaneers drafted him in the third round in 2013. He made $18.5 million during his one season with the Bears.

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Terry McLaurin Nov 25 11:20am ET

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) has been limited in practice ahead of a Thanksgiving rivalry game in Dallas but does not appear to be in danger of missing the game. McLaurin has been one of the safest receivers to start in fantasy as the second-year wideout has at least seven targets in every game this season. McLaurin torched this Cowboys secondary for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week seven and should see similar success Thursday. McLaurin is a must-start WR1 in all formats versus a Cowboys Defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Nov 25 11:00am ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars Defense will be without three defensive coaches in Week 12 against the Browns, including defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Head coach Doug Marrone said that Wash was among those unavailable this week due to COVID-19 protocols. The entire defensive staff was not at the team facility on Tuesday as the team underwent contact tracing after positive COVID-19 tests. Secondary coach Joe Danna will call defensive plays against Cleveland. Special teams assistant Mike Mallory will run the defense during practices this week. An already bad Jacksonville defense just got worse, and on top of it they placed defensive end Josh Allen and cornerback D.J. Hayden on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Stay far away from this defensive unit in fantasy against the Browns.

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Nick Foles Nov 25 10:50am ET

The Chicago Bears are unsure if quarterback Nick Foles (hip), who is still in some pain, will be able to practice this week and play in Week 12 against the division-rival Packers. If Foles is healthy enough to suit up, he would presumably remain the starter under center. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) has missed several games but is in fact healthy enough to play if he is needed. So it sounds as though it'll be either Foles or Trubisky going against Green Bay this weekend. Neither QB has been very good in real life or for fantasy managers in 2020, so those in leagues that start one quarterback can obviously avoid this situation. The Packers Defense is a solid streaming option for Week 12 against a Bears offense that has struggled mightily to move the football consistently all season.

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Mike Glennon Nov 25 10:50am ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to start quarterback Mike Glennon in Week 12 against the Browns, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Gardner Minshew II (thumb) is nearing full health, but it will be Glennon over both Minshew and rookie Jake Luton on Sunday against Cleveland. The biggest takeaway here is that the Browns Defense, which won't have star pass-rusher Myles Garrett or standout defensive back Denzel Ward this weekend, will remain a strong play against a Jacksonville team with one win and on their third QB of the season. Glennon, 30, hasn't started a game in the NFL since 2017 with the Bears and is nothing more than a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Make sure to downgrade all of Jacksonville's receivers as well.

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Brandon Allen Nov 25 10:43am ET

Cincinnati Bengals QB Brandon Allen will start in Week 12 over QB Ryan Finley.

Fantasy Spin: Avoid this situation altogether, and the Bengals' wide receivers like Tee Higgins and A.J. Green also take a hit.

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Brandon Allen Nov 25 10:40am ET

The Cincinnati Bengals are planning to start quarterback Brandon Allen in Week 12 against the Giants with rookie Joe Burrow (knee) out for the rest of the season, according to sources. Allen was on the practice squad until the other day when he replaced Burrow on the roster. Ryan Finley, who entered the game last week against Washington, will back up Allen. The 28-year-old from Arkansas started three games for the Broncos in 2019 and threw for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll primarily be a game manager, so he'll be a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Receivers Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green need to be downgraded in the weekly and rest-of-season rankings. The Giants Defense will be an excellent fantasy play on Sunday.

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Antonio Gibson Nov 25 10:30am ET

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J.D. McKissic Nov 25 9:50am ET

Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic let fantasy managers down last week but has a chance to bounce back on Thanksgiving in Dallas. McKissic saw an obscene 29 targets in his first two games with Alex Smith at quarterback but was not nearly as involved last week with just four targets and six carries. With fellow running back Antonio Gibson seeing twice as many touches last week, expect McKissic to be more involved with Washington playing on a short week. Double-digit touches should be the floor for McKissic making him a solid RB2 in seasonal leagues while being a strong value in DFS formats, especially those that use full-PPR scoring.

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Mike Glennon Nov 25 9:13am ET

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Fantasy Spin: There's enough tape on Glennon to know that he's not worth starting in fantasy. If Gardner Minshew regains the job, he may have a matchup to use him. Otherwise, avoid this situation altogether.

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Ryan Kerrigan Nov 25 9:00am ET

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Logan Thomas Nov 25 8:30am ET

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Alex Smith Nov 25 8:20am ET

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Christian McCaffrey Nov 24 10:40pm ET

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Mike White Nov 24 10:23pm ET

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Nov 24 9:10pm ET

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