The Jacksonville Jaguars lost starting quarterback Nick Foles early in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season. After turning to rookie Gardner Minshew, who put together a solid performance, the team found out shortly after that they’d likely need to add quarterback depth when the severity of Foles’ injury was revealed.
The depth will come via trade, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jaguars have acquired Josh Dobbs from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.
This comes after NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport revealed Foles had suffered a fractured clavicle. It came early on in the team’s 40-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to the injury, Foles had completed 5-of-8 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown. It’s a brutal blow for the Jaguars and Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the team this past offseason, per Spotrac.
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Jaguars QB Outlook: Gardner Minshew Remains Starter
Although the addition of Dobbs is an interesting one for the Jaguars, it appears the rookie out of Washington State will keep the starting job. Schefter confirmed as much by stating that Minshew is still QB1 while pointing out that Dobbs will slide into the backup role moving forward.
Minshew showed impressive accuracy after stepping in during Sunday’s game. The sixth-round draft pick completed 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns while tossing one interception. He showed a strong rapport with second-year wideout DJ Chark, who caught four passes for 146 yards and one touchdown.
It’s worth noting that Chark’s touchdown grab came from Foles on the play in which the quarterback was injured. Along with Chark, Chris Conley also had a solid showing, catching six passes for 97 yards and one score while Dede Westbrook managed to find the end zone as well and tallied five catches.
Josh Dobbs’ Stats & Collegiate Career
Dobbs was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft after playing four years for the Tennessee Volunteers. He posted up-and-down numbers in terms of accuracy throughout his collegiate career, but showed an impressive ability as a dual-threat quarterback and had a strong senior season.
Over 37 career games with the Volunteers, Dobbs tallied 7,138 passing yards, 53 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He also racked up 2,160 rushing yards with 32 scores, including 23 over his final two seasons.
Dobbs’ final season at Tennessee in 2016 was his best, as he threw for 2,946 yards, rushed for 831 yards and scored 39 combined touchdowns. He also completed 63 percent of his passes and posted a career-best 150.6 quarterback rating.
After beginning his career with the Steelers, Rapoport reported that the team received trade interest in Dobbs this past offseason, but held off on swinging a deal.
Although Dobbs didn’t see any regular-season action as a rookie with the Steelers, he played in five games the following year. The only game in which Dobbs saw extended action was against the Oakland Raiders and he completed 4-of-9 passes for 24 yards with one interception while rushing for 15 yards on two attempts.