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QB Nathan Rourke Joins Jaguars’ Active Roster Amid QB Uncertainties For Game Against Browns

Key Points

  • Roster Update: The Jacksonville Jaguars sign Canadian QB Nathan Rourke to their active roster.
  • Lawrence’s Injury: Starting QB Trevor Lawrence questionable due to a high-ankle sprain.
  • Strategic Move: Rourke’s signing aligns with the NFL’s new emergency third-quarterback rule.

In response to the uncertain status of starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Jacksonville Jaguars have made a strategic move by signing Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke to their active roster. Lawrence, who has led the Jaguars to an 8-4 record, sustaining their lead in the AFC South, suffered a high-ankle sprain in the recent game against Cincinnati. This injury casts doubt on his availability for the upcoming Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, who stepped in after Lawrence’s injury, has been managing his own shoulder issue, which has limited his practice sessions. This situation prompted the Jaguars to reinforce their quarterback lineup by bringing in Rourke, who has shown significant promise in his time with the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions.

Rourke, 25, born in Victoria and raised in Oakville, Ont., displayed remarkable talent in the CFL. During his tenure with the Lions, he threw for 4,035 yards and 28 touchdowns, boasting a 78.7% completion rate, a new CFL record. His performance earned him the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award, highlighting his potential as a valuable asset for the Jaguars.

Before joining the Jaguars’ practice squad, Rourke had an impressive preseason with the team, completing 65.7% of his passes and demonstrating his versatility with both passing and rushing abilities. His CFL achievements, including leading the Lions to the playoffs despite a lingering foot injury, further underscore his capabilities.

The Jaguars’ decision to sign Rourke also aligns with the NFL’s recent rule change, allowing teams to carry an emergency third quarterback without impacting the 48 players active on game day. This strategic move provides Jacksonville with a safety net, given the health concerns of their primary quarterbacks.

As the Jaguars prepare to face the Browns on December 10, the inclusion of Rourke adds an intriguing element to their game strategy, especially considering the uncertainties surrounding Lawrence’s ability to play. Rourke’s readiness to step up in this critical situation will be a key factor in the Jaguars’ pursuit of maintaining their lead in the AFC South.

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  1. David Tress

    December 11, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Trevor Lawrence didn’t look himself as he threw three picks during his team’s loss to the Browns. Yet Rourke still gets no playing time. Rourke would be better off to return to the CFL with a heavty signing bonus and try the Doug Flutie route whereby an NFL comes courting instead of trying to force his way onto the roster of a team that has two other guys in front of him, and where he’s unlikely to get a shot.

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