The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran free agent quarterback Ryan Nassib to their active roster, the team announced on Monday afternoon. To clear room on the roster for Nassib the team placed safety Calvin Pryor on injured reserve.
The move to sign a quarterback is simultaneously surprising and not surprising. The Jaguars entered the season with just two quarterbacks on their roster, with none on the practice squad, and Blake Bortles hold on the starting gig seemed tenuous. After an awful showing on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, including three turnovers, perhaps the team needed another player to prepare for a potential quarterback change.
If the Jaguars do go away from Bortles at some point in the season, it’s unlikely they’d wind up going back to him. It’s one of those things where when you make the move, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. Signing someone like Nassib would eventually allow for the team to make Bortles inactive the remainder of the season.
This is all if Bortles ends up getting benched, however. I don’t think they’re at that point.
As for Nassib, he’s someone that both Tom Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone are very familiar with. Nassib was drafted and on the team while Coughlin was the head coach of the New York Giants, while Marrone had Nassib as a starting quarterback at Syracuse. Nassib has spent four years in the NFL and has only attempted 10 passes in the regular season.