Doug Marrone announced quarterback Nick Foles would return to practice on Wednesday. This will be the first time since he broke his collarbone in Week 1. Marrone said he will work with the scout team, participate in seven-on-seven drills, and do work on the side this week.
Since Foles’ injury, rookie backup Gardner Minshew has taken over and played rather well. The sixth-round selection has garnered celebrity from his small stature and signature facial hair. Some have argued that Minshew has proven worthy of becoming the permanent starter in Jacksonville, even after Foles returns. Michael Lombardi of The Athletic (subscription required), wrote on Monday that the Bears should consider calling the Jaguars to acquire Foles to replace struggling signal-caller Mitch Trubisky.
With that said, it’s important to note that amid all the speculation, there has been no direct reports out of Jacksonville suggesting the team has made any decisions regarding the position. For now, they are taking it one step at a time, beginning with Foles’ return to practice.
The Jaguars signed Foles this offseason to a four-year, $88MM contract on the heels of his remarkable Super Bowl run with the Eagles. Moving on from longtime starter Blake Bortles, Jacksonville believed Foles could be the last piece to build a title contender. He did not make it out of his initial half as a Jaguar but is on schedule to return this season.
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