Doug Marrone discusses Gardner Minshew’s progress towards a return

James Johnson
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II won’t be playing in Week 11’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, however, he’s making progress from his thumb injury. According to Doug Marrone, Minshew has some strides to make before he’s game-ready though the plan is to increase his throwing next week.

“Yeah, just keep progressing,” said Marrone Friday. “I mean, he’s throwing a little bit more. We just keep increasing it each day and then I think next week comes, we’ll just see where he’s at. He’s not 100 percent, which is why he’s listed as questionable, 50-50.”

“So, I would probably have an issue putting him in now, unless it was just to go in there and hand the ball off, or maybe a couple throws. But right now, it’s not 100 percent.”

Rookie quarterback Jake Luton will get his third consecutive start as a result after getting the nod against the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers during Weeks 9-10. However, this week will be a big challenge for the rookie as Pittsburgh’s defense is ranked ninth against the rush, No. 10 against the pass, and are sixth overall (allowing an average of 318.1 yards a game). At the same time, putting up a solid day against Mike Tomlin’s group would be a huge feather in the cap of Luton as he makes a case to remain the Jags’ starter.

As for Minshew, the next step could be hitting the field and throwing against a live defense in practice. Marrone said that he’d only be throwing against air earlier in the week, so it appears that was the first step of his return. With that being the case, we’ll monitor him closely next week and provide more updates on his progress.