The Jaguars placed Luton (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Luton returned a positive COVID-19 test, and he'll now have to begin following the NFL's related protocols, which includes isolating from contact. As a rookie in 2020, Luton appeared in three games, throwing two touchdowns and six interceptions.
Jul 22, 2021 2:25 PM EST
Luton completed 60 of 110 passes for 624 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions while recording one carry for a 13-yard touchdown in three games this season.
Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick received a surprising opportunity to start after Gardner Minshew went down with an injury, but he failed to take advantage of the opportunity. Luton and Minshew are the only quarterbacks under contract for next season, but Jacksonville is poised to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick during the 2021 NFL Draft. Luton figures to be fighting for a roster spot in training camp.
Jan 5, 2021 8:54 PM EST
Luton (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
Analysis: The 24-year-old lost out on the starting job to Mike Glennon last week, and he's now been replaced as the top backup with Gardner Minshew (thumb) cleared to play. Luton struggled in his three appearances this season, completing 60 of 110 passes for two touchdowns and six interceptions, while also adding a 13-yard rushing touchdown. He'll likely remain a healthy scratch if the other two quarterbacks remain healthy the rest of the season.
Dec 6, 2020 8:42 AM EST
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Luton will be bypassed for the start at quarterback Week 12 against the Browns in favor of Mike Glennon, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick had started each of the past three games in place of an injured Gardner Minshew (thumb) and proved remarkably inefficient, completing only 54.5 percent of his throws for 5.7 yards per attempt while tossing two touchdowns against six interceptions. Even with the 1-9 Jaguars in evaluation mode at this stage of the season, Marrone decided he had seen enough from the rookie and will instead hope that Glennon -- who will be making his first start since 2017 -- can provide some semblance of stability under center. Minshew, meanwhile, hasn't quite healed from the multiple fractures and sprained ligament in his right thumb and won't be available as anything more than a backup against Cleveland, but Marrone is hopeful the second-year signal-caller can take back the starting role Dec. 6 in Minnesota if he can resume throwing fully by next week.
Nov 25, 2020 6:35 AM EST
Luton completed 16 of 37 attempts for 151 passing yards, throwing no touchdowns and committing four interceptions during Sunday's 27-3 loss to Pittsburgh. He also fumbled but recovered the loose ball himself.
Analysis: In what may have been a predictable outcome in a matchup against Pittsburgh's vaunted defense, the rookie signal-caller was a turnover machine in his third career start. He was capable of keeping the Jaguars competitive against the Texans and Packers over his first two appearances Weeks 9 and 10, losing by a combined six points, but Sunday he was overwhelmed by the Steelers. After putting in a week of limited practices before ultimately being deemed inactive, Gardner Minshew (thumb) may be ready to retake the starting reigns next Sunday against the Browns.
Nov 22, 2020 5:39 PM EST
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Luton will receive a third straight start at quarterback Week 11 versus the Steelers, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.
Analysis: After missing the Jaguars' past two games, Gardner Minshew (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, but John Shipley of SI.com relays that the signal-caller was only able to throw on a limited basis this week. As such, Minshew doesn't look as though he'll be anything more than an emergency backup if active Week 11, giving Luton at least one more opportunity to potentially stake his claim to a permanent starting role. Luton surpassed 300 passing yards in his NFL debut Week 9 in a loss to Houston, but he struggled to navigate windy conditions in Green Bay in Week 10, completing only 18 of 35 attempts for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception. A matchup with a tough Pittsburgh defense isn't an ideal spot for Luton to post dramatically better numbers Week 11.
Nov 20, 2020 12:24 PM EST
Luton completed 18 of 35 pass attempts with 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 24-20 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Luton absorbed three sacks during the Week 10 defeat while committing a giveaway for a second straight outing, but he once again proved capable of keeping the Jaguars competitive in a matchup against a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback. Last Sunday against Deshaun Watson and the Texans, Luton and Jacksonville fell by only two points, and on the road in Green Bay, the rookie had his team ahead by three in the fourth quarter. The sixth-round draft choice moves to 0-2 as a starter, though there may be a case for him to keep his job once Gardner Minshew (thumb) returns from injury. Minshew had dropped his past six starts before suffering the injury, with Jacksonville losing by double digits in four of those outings. Next up for the Jaguars is a home game against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense.
Nov 15, 2020 3:22 PM EST
Luton will start in place of Gardner Minshew (thumb) during Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Analysis: Minshew remains unable to resume throwing activities, situating the sixth-round rookie for a showdown with MVP frontrunner Aaron Rodgers. Luton will face an uphill battle in attempting to lead the 1-7 Jaguars to an upset win over the 6-2 Packers, but he could be capable of posting another respectable statistical outing after completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception last Sunday against the Texans. Green Bay ranks 22nd in pass defense DVOA, surrendering 280-plus yards through the air in four of its past five games.
Nov 15, 2020 8:55 AM EST
Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Luton is likely to start Sunday's game in Green Bay, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Luton impressed in his NFL debut against the Texans on Sunday, though the contest resulted in a 27-25 loss. The rookie sixth-round pick completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while also bolstering his fantasy output with a 13-yard rushing score. With Gardner Minshew (thumb) trending in the wrong direction for Week 10, it looks like Luton will get another chance to prove himself under center, albeit against a Packers secondary that's proved much stingier than Houston's.
Nov 9, 2020 10:37 AM EST
Luton completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception while scoring a 13-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Making his NFL debut, Luton completed an impressive 68 percent of his passes and averaged a healthy 8.0 yards per attempt. He connected with DJ Chark for a 73-yard touchdown early in the game and later added a 13-yard rushing score to pull his team within a field goal late in the fourth quarter. Gardner Minshew (thumb) is still not throwing as he recovers from an injury, so Luton seems primed to build on a productive debut next Sunday against the Packers.
Nov 8, 2020 1:56 PM EST
Luton will start the first game of his NFL career Sunday against the Texans, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick was a healthy scratch for the first seven games of the season while Mike Glennon served as Jacksonville's backup quarterback, but he'll receive his first NFL opportunity Sunday with starter Gardner Minshew (thumb) sidelined. Luton completed 62 percent of his passes for 2.714 yards, 28 touchdowns and three interceptions during his final collegiate season at Oregon State, but he has yet to play any professional football with no preseason games this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team was reportedly mulling a quarterback change before Minshew's injury was made public, so a strong debut from Luton could secure a longer look in the starting role.
Nov 8, 2020 8:57 AM EST
Luton will take starter reps in practice this week, paving the way for him to get the nod over Mike Glennon with Gardner Minshew (thumb) ruled out for Sunday's game against Houston, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Starting Luton makes sense for the 1-6 Jaguars, who can see what they have in the rookie sixth-rounder rather than trot out Glennon, who has established himself as a subpar option under center over 22 NFL starts. Minshew had previously been playing through a fractured thumb, so there's a chance his recovery extends beyond this week and allows Luton to make multiple starts if the rookie proves himself capable. Luton threw for 2,714 yards with a tidy 28:3 TD:INT in 11 games as a senior at Oregon State.
Nov 2, 2020 11:25 AM EST
Luton will be in the mix to start Week 9 against the Texans if Gardner Minshew (thumb) is unavailable, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Minshew is dealing with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his right thumb, putting his availability in doubt coming out of the bye week. Luton has been a healthy scratch all seven games this season as the team's No. 3 quarterback, but he could pass backup Mike Glennon on the depth chart if Minshew is sidelined. Luton spent the entirety of last season on the practice squad after being selected during the sixth round of the 2019 draft, but his first NFL action could be right around the corner.
Oct 30, 2020 2:59 PM EST
Luton (coach's decision) is inactive for the teams Week 1 contest against the Colts.
Analysis: Luton beat out Mike Glennon for a spot on the roster at the end of training camp. However, Glennon will now receive the nod over him to serve as the backup quarterback in Week 1 against the Colts.
Sep 13, 2020 9:32 AM EST
Head coach Jay Gruden said Luton has been the biggest pleasant surprise in training camp, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.
Analysis: Gruden specifically touted Luton's poise, accuracy and arm strength before signaling that he wants to keep three quarterbacks on the roster in 2020. Luton was impressive in his senior season at Oregon State with 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions, and the Jaguars are hoping the rookie sixth-round pick can follow in Gardner Minshew's footsteps. With a strong finish to training camp, it sounds like Luton could be locked into the No. 2 role.
Aug 30, 2020 10:01 AM EST
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