The Jacksonville Jaguars May Face Another Backup QB In New York

The Jacksonville Jaguars had the good fortune of playing against a backup quarterback in London against the Bills, and it looks like they may have the same luck this week in New York.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.  

Of course the Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to become both, but at this point they'll take the lucky part.  

There's no betting line on Sunday's game in New York against the Jets, and the reason for that is the Jets have no idea who their quarterback is going to be.  

Starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was hurt on New York's opening drive in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders.  He left the game and was forced back in for two plays in the fourth quarter when backup Geno Smith went down after getting hit in the ribs.  

“I don’t know where he’s at. I heard that the quarterback got hurt so we’ll see," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said in his Monday press conference. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles shed some light on his situation. 

'Yeah, he’s got ligament damage in his left thumb and eventually he’ll need to get it done," Bowles said of Fitzpatrick. "It’s a matter of a pain level, so he’ll be day-to-day. Geno (Smith) has a left shoulder bruise and he’ll be day-to-day as well, but it is a bruise. It’s a big bruise, but no structural damage there."

The head coach was asked if Fitzpatrick could play on Sunday. 

"Until I see him take some snaps, there’s a chance he could play Sunday. But, again it’s all according to his pain tolerance," Bowles explained. "We’ll try to get him some snaps on Wednesday and Thursday and see. Under center will be the big thing, I don’t think the (shotgun) will be the problem, but we’ll have to look at him take some snaps."

Not only might the Jaguars face a backup quarterback, but it's a possibility that they could face third-string quarterback Bryce Petty.  Petty is a rookie from Baylor who nobody believes is ready to play in the NFL right now, or maybe not ever.  

Things are opening up in the AFC South for the Jaguars, and as crazy as it sounds with a 2-5 record, the Jags are just a half game out of first place.  A divisional win against New York with their injured starter, injured backup or third-string rookie will help considerably.  


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