Rookie Jake Luton gave the Jaguars a spark, but did he earn the QB job?

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New quarterback, same result.

But rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton provided a definite spark and late-game surge that could potentially signal the end of Minshew Mania in Jacksonville.

Luton nearly rallied the Jacksonville Jaguars to tie the Houston Texans late at TIAA Bank Field, but his two-point conversion pass with 1:29 to play was rushed because of a blitz and went wide of receiver DJ Chark. The Jaguars lost 27-25.

It was the Jaguars’ seventh consecutive loss but the closest they’ve come to a victory since the season opener and they did it with a quarterback who hadn’t been active this season until Sunday and got the start because Gardner Minshew is out with a thumb injury.

In his first NFL start, Jake Luton was 26-of-38 for 304 yards with two TDs (one rushing) and an interception. AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton

In his first game action since his final game at Oregon State on Nov. 23, 2019, Luton completed 26 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He also ran for what could have been a game-tying touchdown, finishing it with a spin move against cornerback Keion Crossen near the

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