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Jaguars make QB change, will start Gardner Minshew vs. Ravens on Sunday

Gardner Minshew will return as Jacksonville’s starting quarterback at Baltimore on Sunday.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Monday, one day after Minshew replaced Mike Glennon in the second half of a 31-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and clearly looked like the team’s best option at the all-important position.

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Minshew has faced the Ravens just once, completing seven of 14 passes for 46 yards in a preseason loss last season. The Ravens face the Cleveland Browns on Monday night and are vying for their third straight postseason berth.

Minshew received a rousing ovation as he entered the game and immediately led the Jaguars to their lone touchdown. He drove them into the red zone two more times against a prevent defense, but both ended with incomplete passes on fourth down.

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Marrone benched Glennon after his fourth turnover (plus a safety) in six quarters and turned to Minshew for the first time since Week 7. Minshew missed several weeks with a right thumb injury, but even after being deemed fully healthy, he remained on the bench behind Glennon.

Minshew entered the game to a loud applause from the nearly 16,000 fans on hand. He immediately led Jacksonville to a touchdown, capping his first drive in nearly two months with a 5-yard throw to Keelan Cole.

“It’s something that I really missed,” Minshew said. “I missed the camaraderie with the guys. I missed being out there. As much as you’re always a part of the team, it’s just something different when you really are out there with the guys. It’s always special.”

It was too little too late, since the Titans led 31-3 when Minshew came off the bench late in the third quarter.

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But his brief outing was a fairly clear indication that Minshew is a better option than the rookie Jake Luton or the veteran Glennon. Luton started three games before getting benched in favor of Glennon following a four-interception performance against Pittsburgh. Glennon looked solid in his first start in more than three years against Cleveland, but he has been mostly sporadic since.

Glennon completed 13 of 23 passes for 85 yards in nearly three quarters against the Titans (9-4), who got 215 yards and two touchdowns from Derrick Henry.

“He threw some good balls and we left some plays out there and he had some drops,” Marrone said. “Just tough. I think it’s not on one person. I mean, I think everyone can see that. There’s a lot of things that we’ve got to keep working on and keep trying to improve upon.

“I don’t think it’s the one position right now that we can point to. I think we’ve just got to try to see whoever it is is whoever gives us the best chance to try to win a football game.”

That sure looks like Minshew, who has completed 65.1% of his passes for 2,033 yards, with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Minshew’s passer rating is 93.4, nearly 20 points higher than Glennon’s and nearly 40 points higher than Luton’s.

“There’s always that itch,” Minshew said. “And there’s really nothing to scratch at that [other than] just getting out there and playing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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