Chad Henne will begin Jacksonville’s preseason recreation towards Carolina, a change that would sign the top of Blake Bortles’ profession with the Jaguars.
Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday, a day earlier than the exhibition and almost every week after he created a quarterback competitors in Jacksonville for the primary time since 2013. Marrone stated each quarterbacks will get time with the primary-workforce offense.
Henne, a ten-yr veteran whose final begin got here in 2014, outperformed Bortles throughout coaching camp and thru two preseason video games. If Henne performs nicely towards the Panthers, he possible will begin the Sept. 10 season opener at Houston.
It is unclear what that might imply for Bortles, who’s getting into the ultimate yr of his rookie contract. The Jaguars exercised a fifth-yr choice in Bortles’ deal in Might that may pay him $19 million in 2018. His wage is assured just for damage, which means the Jaguars might find yourself on the hook for an enormous payout.
So protecting Bortles is a monetary danger, if he will get on the sector.
The third general decide within the 2014 draft has began forty five consecutive common-season video games, each one since changing Henne within the third recreation of his rookie season.
Bortles has accomplished fifty nine % of his passes for eleven,241 yards, with sixty nine touchdowns and fifty one interceptions. He additionally has been sacked one hundred forty occasions and misplaced 12 fumbles. Perhaps his most damning statistic: He has eleven victories and eleven interceptions returned for touchdowns in three seasons.
Marrone and prime government Tom Coughlin appeared dedicated to Bortles within the offseason. They opted to not draft a quarterback or signal one in free company, they usually picked up Bortles’ 2018 choice as a present of confidence.
Additionally they, nevertheless, made it clear they needed to enhance the operating recreation in an effort to have Bortles throw fewer passes. Bortles averaged greater than 39 a recreation in 2016, method too many for an inconsistent passer who struggles with mechanics, accuracy and selections.
Jacksonville drafted LSU star Leonard Fournette with the fourth general decide, added left deal with Cam Robinson early within the second spherical and spent the higher a part of the offseason making an attempt to develop a harder, extra bodily staff.
However when coaching camp opened, one factor appeared eerily acquainted: turnover-susceptible Bortles was at it once more.
Bortles threw 5 interceptions within the workforce’s first padded follow. He accomplished 5 of 17 passes in eleven-on-eleven drills throughout joint practices with New England.
A couple of days after the preseason opener towards the Patriots, Bortles threw two interceptions so ugly that Marrone pulled him and stated he should have a drained arm. After which Bortles woefully underthrew two passes to Allen Robinson in final week’s exhibition recreation towards Tampa Bay.
Marrone and Coughlin had seen sufficient, saying after the sport that the job was formally up for grabs.
Now, it is Henne’s flip. A second-spherical decide by Miami in 2008, Henne has began fifty three video games in 9 seasons. He is accomplished fifty nine % of his passes for 12,931 yards, with fifty eight touchdowns and sixty three…