The Jacksonville Jaguars made one of the more surprising cuts so far this week and it came from a player who easily had the best play of the preseason.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke, who escaped an insane sack to throw an improbable touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, was waived one day before the NFL’s 53-man roster deadline.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Rourke could be brought back to Jacksonville’s practice squad if he makes it through waivers.
Veteran C.J. Beathard was anointed as the number two after signing a two-year extension this offseason. He completed 26-of-43 pass attempts (60.4 percent) for 352 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception through the preseason.
The 25-year-old Rourke is a former star for the BC Lions in the CFL, where he won the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 2022 after throwing for 3,349 yards and 25 touchdowns while completing 78.7% of his passes.
In three preseason games this summer, Rourke completed 23-of-35 passes for 348 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. He also rushed 14 times for 39 yards and another score.
Rourke was a three-year starter at Ohio University from 2017-2019 where he threw for 7,457 yards with 60 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
Jacksonville will begin the 2023 regular season on Sunday, September 10 when the Jags visit the Indianapolis Colts.
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