That wrist injury that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has been nursing the last couple of weeks may be a little worse than the Jaguars are willing to admit.
After all, to hear coach Doug Marrone tell it, that wrist injury is the primary reason the team decided to sign fifth-year quarterback Ryan Nassib on Monday.
Marrone said the team signed Nassib “just in case something happens’’ to Bortles and or Chad Henne and that the team’s quarterback depth chart will not change as a result of the signing.
Coming in the wake of his strong defense of Bortles play in the Jaguars 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Marrone’s explanation for the signing makes sense.
But it doesn’t make it any less curious. After all, if there’s anyone that know what Nassib is capable of, it’s Marrone and Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin.
Marrone was Nassib’s coach at Syracuse, where current Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett spent the last two years of Nassib’s run with The Orange as his offensive coordinator.
Coughlin then drafted Nassib into the NFL, spending a fourth-round pick on him in the 2013 draft, and it wasn’t until Coughlin was let go by the Giants that the Giants gave up on Nassib.
Nassib spent this past offseason and training camp with the Saints but was released on Sept. 2 as part of the team’s final cut down to the NFL’s 53-man roster limit.
Nassib saw very little playing time with the Giants, appearing in just five games with no starts but he did complete nine of the 10 passes he attempted for 128 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.