Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II said he's working on his ball security this week in practice and thinks returning home for Sunday's game against the Saints will help the offense pick up the early pace.

Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II isn't shifting a shred of blame for his three fumbles last week in a 34-27 loss to Carolina.

He said it after the game and he said it again on Wednesday during a news conference following the Jaguars practice: it's on him and he's working to fix it, along with the rest of the offense as the Jags (2-3) prepare for the New Orleans Saints (4-1) on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

"We've taken every measure in practice, focusing on ball security," Minshew said. "Always have someone kind of ripping at the ball ... trying to do whatever we can to get it right. It's something we're not just going to think is just going to go away. We're going to actively fight it and try to get better at it."

Minshew could have claimed mitigating circumstances on two of the fumbles. In the second quarter, guard Andrew Norwell was knocked back into Minshew by Mario Addison. Brian Burns picked up the loose ball and went 56 yards for a touchdown that gave the Panthers a 21-7 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Minshew was sacked by Burns trying to keep a play alive, and lost the handle on the ball, which Marquis Haynes recovered. Minshew had completed three passes in a row for 21 yards and scrambled twice for 16 yards to get to the Carolina 39 with 2:37 left in the game before the fumble.

The first fumble, in the first quarter, was on a botched exchange between Minshew and Seth DeValve, who was playing fullback. The Panthers scored four plays later on Kyle Allen's 18-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey.

That was 14 points directly related to turnovers, in a game the Jags lost by seven.

Minshew also wasn't going to blame either of the turnovers that came on sacks on the excuse that he was "trying to make a play."

"In the Denver game, the touchdown [on a pass to Ryquell Armstead] I was scrambling and I had good ball security," he said. "So we just have to get to the point of where ... it's not something I'm thinking about."

The Jaguars had only one turnover in the previous three games. But the three on Sunday, combined with the defense still having trouble forcing mistakes, is not sitting well with coach Doug Marrone.

"In my talk to the team today, we talked about just turnovers," Marrone said of a meeting before practice. "I said I don't want to get into all the other things that are going on, we want to talk about where we are. We're minus-four [in turnover differential]. We're sitting here 2-3 and this is something that is going to have to change."

While Minshew and the offense have received rave reviews from Marrone for rallying from double-digit deficits in three of the last four weeks to give the team a chance to win on the final possession, he said there's something to be said for not having to make those kind of comebacks.

The 20-7 victory over Tennessee last month, in which Minshew got the team out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, is an example. He thinks returning home for the first time since that game after two consecutive road games could have the offense in a frame of mind to get off to a faster start.

"That's one thing coach [Marrone] has been kind of preaching on, is starting fast," Minshew said. "We're glad to be back home for a game. It's a lot easier to start fast when you're in your own building. We know the energy is going to be there and we just have to jump out early. That will help us a lot. It will help everybody."

Marrone said digging out of a hole against a team that leads the NFC South and was one play from being in the Super Bowl last season might be tougher.

"We're going to try and to our best to come out and play smart, and play good football early, and not get ourselves in a hole," he said. "It's going to be a great challenge this week with a really good football team coming in."