EDIT: Pump the brakes. Rapoport clarified his comment basically as I hit publish. Yay.
To clarify, the plan is for Nick Foles to be elevated to the active roster for Week 11. https://t.co/hgnik2TRaD— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2019
The quarterback the Jacksonville Jaguars made a big splash with in free agency this past offseason will return to practice on Wednesday, working on a limited basis. Nick Foles was signed in the offseason to be the Jaguars solution at quarterback, but 10 plays into his Jaguars career he broke his clavicle on a hit while throwing a touchdown pass to D.J. Chark against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Foles has been on injured reserve since then, with eligibility to return as early as Week 11. The big question looming is if the Jaguars will place Foles right into the starting lineup and move rookie sensation Gardner Minshew II to the bench.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it sounds like that is the plan.
The #Jaguars will have QB Nick Foles back at practice today, working on a limited basis as he returns from a broken collarbone. He is eligible to return to the field for Week 11 against the #Colts, and that is the plan.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2019
This has been a hot topic among fans, especially ever since Minshew and the Jaguars offense struggled against the New Orleans Saints, but both rebounded against the Cincinnati Bengals in a dominant win.
Personally, I think just straight up inserting Foles into the Jaguars starting lineup regardless of what happens between now and Week 11, is a mistake that could blow up in their face. If Minshew is playing poorly for an extended period of time, I get it, but as it stands I’m not sure there is a game that the Jaguars lost that I feel like they would have won with Nick Foles.
The Jaguars invested a lot in Foles this offseason and got lucky with Minshew, so it’s understandable they’d like to see some return on their investment, but they could run into the issue of causing a huge unnecessary disruption to everything if Minshew continues to play well, regardless of the record.