The Jacksonville Jaguars inked former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to a four-year/$88 million contract this past offseason that guaranteed him just over $50 million. The hope was that he would help bring stability to a position that by-and-large has been a revolving door since the team's inception.
But on his first touchdown pass as a Jaguar, the 30-year-old was slammed onto his left side and fractured his collarbone. It now appears that the organization is preparing for the possibility that 2019 becomes a lost season for Foles.
Monday, the Jaguars placed Foles on injured reserve with a designation to return. This allows him to potentially be back on the field in Week 9. That, of course, assumes he's healthy enough to return then. For what it's worth, Foles fractured his collarbone in Week 9 of the 2014 season while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and didn't return that season.
In a corresponding move, the Jaguars traded a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Josh Dobbs, their third string quarterback. The former Tennessee star was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but has thrown just 12 passes in his career.
Dobbs will likely back up Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars sixth-round pick that has suddenly been thrust into starting. The former Washington State star went 22/26 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Jaguars loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 23-year-old held his own Sunday, but Dobbs seems to give them an insurance option in case things don't work out with Minshew in Foles' absence. Then again, it's not clear if Dobbs could lead a team at the NFL level, even if it was only for a few weeks.
Though the Jaguars entered the season with postseason aspirations, it will seemingly be a tough ask for them to stay in the AFC South race in 2019. While the Houston Texans won't play until Monday night, the Tennessee Titans thumped the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and the Indianapolis Colts took the Super Bowl contender Los Angeles Chargers to overtime.