Jaguars name Blake Bortles starting QB for regular season

Aug 27, 2017, 00:38
Jaguars name Blake Bortles starting QB for regular season

The man to lead the offense for your 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars will be Blake Bortles.

After a surprising but even more brief quarterback battle in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles has been named the team's Week 1 starter by head coach Doug Marrone.

After watching Bortles struggle last week against Tampa Bay, Marrone opened up the quarterback competition and did not announce a starter until Wednesday night.

Marrone said he "had enough information" to stay with Bortles.

Henne, who started 24 games from 2012-2014 for the Jaguars, has been the team's backup since Bortles took over as the starter in Week 4 of 2014. The right side is far from rock solid, too.

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"I knew I was going to get an opportunity to come play Thursday night and that was where I would have a chance to show what I've been doing and what I can do", said Bortles following Thursday's game against Carolina. Henne completed 8-of-14 passes for 73 yards and was sacked three times in the first half against Carolina's first-team defense, leading the Jaguars to one touchdown and a field goal in five possessions with a lot of conservative throws. He is 19 of 30 for 256 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the preseason. "I'm not going to put that pressure on myself to say, 'Hey, listen, I need to do this (quickly).' I've got time".

Instead, he regressed in 2016.

Henne has thrown 58 touchdown passes and 63 interceptions in 65 career games. I think our relationship, being supportive of him and obviously wanting the team to do well and be successful, is all I could really do.

Marrone said he hadn't decide whether or not he would play Bortles in the preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons. Sixth-round selections may just surprise you, as I believe one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game was drafted that late. That stats back up the fact that Bortles is the more mobile quarterback and could help to extend plays with his legs. "Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position".

Bortles surely will be on a short leash to start the season, meaning Henne could get another shot.

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