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Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew Begged to Play



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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was benched in favor of Mike Glennon for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, despite his pleas with head coach Doug Marrone.

It appears that Minshew’s pleas have fallen on deaf ears as Glennon will start against the Minnesota Vikings this week despite turning the ball over three times in last week’s game.

“It’s so frustrating,” Minshew said, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “I pretty much went and begged before the Cleveland game to be able to play. It sucks, you know, There’s no way around it.

“I want to be out there. I want to be helping our team, but if helping our team is me being the best No. 2 I can be then that’s what I’ve got to do right now.”

“We talked today and just like I’ve told him, I just want to see more practice,” Marrone said. “I think he’s working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. Obviously he’s cleared medically, but still you want to be able to see those things on the practice field. I just think right now in practice Mike is throwing better and gives us the best chance to win.

“I don’t think Gardner’s 100% as far as his workload, and that’s always a concern to me, and I’m trying to understand it. We’re both trying to work through it.”

“We’ve been having a lot of conversations, so it’s not a problem at all,” Marrone said. “Whatever he feels he can do what’s best for the team, he’ll do. He’s said that quite a bit. I don’t see a problem there. The communication’s been fine. I think everything’s been up front. I think everything’s been talked about. So I feel comfortable with that.

“I think he’s trying to do everything he can to get himself back to a point where he feels comfortable and his workload is right.”

Minshew is unsure of his long-term future with the Jags.

“I don’t know,” Minshew said. “I mean, I don’t know if anybody has a long-term future right now just being the nature of being 1-11, so there’s really no telling how things’ll shake out. I can just control what I can, and we’ll go from there.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.