Minshew Mania returns: Jaguars bench Nick Foles, announce Gardner Minshew to start

Nick Foles

The Jaguars also benched their $88 million QB, Nick Foles, at halftime after fans booed him off the field. But the spark wouldn't be enough, as Sean Murphy-Bunting sealed the game for the Bucs with an interception in the end zone that popped out of the hands of Dede Westbrook.

Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Monday, one day after a 28-11 home loss to Tampa Bay in which the Jaguars (4-8) managed 242 yards, turned the ball over four times and were flagged a season-high 16 times for 125 yards.

The Bucs capitalized on each of Foles' mistakes. When he spoke with the media following the loss, he said this is something he has been preparing for since it was announced Foles was ready to return to the lineup following a broken clavicle that forced him to miss eight-plus weeks of the National Football League season.

In Jacksonville's next possession, linebacker Shaq Barrett defeated rookie right tackle Jawaan Taylor and stripped Foles.

Peyton Barber took Jones' carries in the second half and was the team's leading rusher with 44 yards on 17 carries, but take away his 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Barber averaged just 1.8 yards a carry. Barrett entered the game tied for the National Football League lead with 12½ sacks.

Foles was not done either. Carl Nassib had the backpack and the recovery. In four starts this season, the 30-year-old completed 77 of 117 pass attempts (65.8%) for 736 yards and three touchdowns.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston didn't throw a touchdown (he was 21 for 33, throwing for 268 yards). He was then dismissed. Guard Alex Cappa left with an elbow injury. The Jaguars rushed six defenders, including cornerback D.J. Defensive back Josh Allen, who broke the franchise's rookie record with his eighth bag, was left behind for a concussion.

Buccaneers: host another AFC South opponent, Indianapolis, next Sunday.

Jaguars: Welcome the Los Angeles Chargers and former coach Gus Bradley next Sunday.



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