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Panthers already announce backup QB Allen to start vs. Jaguars

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Off a second straight solid performance and victory for Carolina, the Panthers will stick with backup quarterback Kyle Allen when they come back home to take on the Jaguars this Sunday.

Coach Ron Rivera told the media in Charlotte on Monday morning that perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton is still unable to practice, much less play, due to his foot injury and therefore, the Panthers will ride with Allen:

Allen (shown above) was solid at 24 – 34 for 232 yards, but did have three lost fumbles in Carolina’s hard-fought 16 – 10 win over the Houston Texans on the road Sunday.

The rookie who played collegiately at both Texas A&M and Houston has been an excellent game manager for both of the Panthers victories so far. This includes their win in the desert over Arizona last Sunday.

Newton has been suffering from the foot injury since the preseason and was in obvious distress as the Thursday night lost of the Buccaneers. Newton, has now admitted in his own video blog Friday night that his foot was so bad in that game with Tampa Bay that he could not push off to run, much less try to leap on “an up and over” on the goaline situation late in the game.

Christian McCaffery tried a “Wildcat QB sweep” needing to get the one yard and was stopped ending the game.

Rivera gave no official timetable for Newton’s possible return saying it’s “week to week: and that he’s being constantly evaluated. However, they realize he won’t be ready to play in this matchup with the Jags.

Jacksonville is being led by its own rookie QB, due to injury as well, in Gardner Minshew. Minshew had to shake off five Denver sacks Sunday but finished 19 – 33 for 213 yards and two TD in the Jaguars dramatic last second 26-24 win. They are 2-1 now with him, as the starter.

Minshew’s leadership under pressure continues to shine early in 2019. This as, the rookie also led Jacksonville to a potential winning TD in the final seconds two weeks ago at Houston, only to have the Texans top the two point conversion for a 13-12 win.

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Jaguars to get Nick Foles back to practice

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The Jaguars are in need of some positive news and it looks like they have some regarding injured quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles, who’s been out since an injury in game one, will apparently be back at practice starting next week

Coach Doug Marrone told the media Friday that their prized free agent acquisition is anxious to get back:

Foles was injured in the first quarter of the Jaguars opening game with the Kansas City Chiefs suffering a fractured left collarbone. And, the team has been aiming for him to be back at some point in the middle of the season.

ESPN’s Jaguars beat reporter Mike DiRocco’s tweet references that it apparently be the November 17th game with the Colts, as the goal.

In Foles is absence, Jacksonville has turned rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon in North Florida leading Jacksonville to a couple of wins including a dramatic last-second victory in week four in Denver. The team further embraced Minshew by passing out some 30,000 replica mustaches at last week’s home game with the Saints, to like what the rookie sports as part of his image.

Minshew, however, had a tough time with the Saints defense throwing for only 14 of 29 for 163 yards without a TD and an INT. He’s expected to have an easier time with the 0-6 hapless Bengals this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Jags have optimism that Foles will be able to spark them in the second half of the season.

Jacksonville landed Foles in free agency this past March of his Super Bowl winning performance two years ago and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.

And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help.

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Jaguars VP Coughlin on Ramsey trade- “time came to move on”

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The Jaguars have made the decision to part with problem Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Wednesday morning the team made its first statement about it.

Jacksonville VP of football Tom Coughlin released a statement through the team website and social media about the deal they made with the Rams for the disgruntled Ramsey:

As we wrote Tuesday night, Coughlin and Ramsey not seeing eye to eye basically forced a move to be made. However, the Jaguars should be credited, as they waited and got two number one picks, as well as a mid-round pick in return for a player that has previously been an All-Pro at his position.

The soap opera boiled over in week two, when Ramsey got into things on the sidelines with coach Doug Marrone over Marrone not challenging a completion to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom Ramsey had been covering.

As we had been told at that time Ramsey and Marrone and cleared the air. However, his bigger problem had been with Coughlin and a meeting they had after the Houston game led Ramsey to demand a trade. This as, Coughlin would ultimately be in charge of approving a long-term contract extension for Ramsey be on this year, and that wasn’t going to be likely.

The Jaguars and the Rams also completed a big trade a year ago when Jacksonville dealt away defensive end  and former top five pick, Dante Fowler, for third and fifth round picks in return. Fowler went on to have a good year down the stretch in L.A. and ended up helping them make the Super Bowl.

Ramsey also comes to Hollywood at a bargain in the short term for the Rams, as he is only making the prorated remainder of his $2.4 million salary for this year.

The Rams and GM Les Snead can also decide to keep Ramsey for his fifth year option at $13.7 million for 2020.

And, the Rams cleared some salary-cap room, and at Ramsey’s position, when they traded defensive back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Tuesday. L.A. is in the “win now” mode, and not only did not have a first-round pick this past draft, but also do not have one in the next two drafts after the deal for Ramsey.

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