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What Does Blaine Gabbert Injury Mean for Chad Henne, Jaguars' 2012 Season?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Linebacker Brooks Reed #58 of the Houston Texans sacks quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the rain September 16, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  Houston won 27 - 7. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 16, 2012

The Blaine Gabbert improvement train has been temporarily derailed due to injury.

In his place, the Jacksonville Jaguars have turned to one of the better backup quarterback options in the league, Chad Henne.

While that may sound farfetched to some, Henne has the type of strong arm that suits the Jags' offense, and he may prove to be a better option than Gabbert, at least for now.

And while it is unknown how much, if any, time that Gabbert will miss, Henne can become one of the better game-managing backups the NFL has to offer if needed, and he should have no problem staying out of the way of Maurice Jones-Drew.

While Jones-Drew will get his requisite 24-30 carries each and every week, regardless of the QB, Henne might add a new element to the offense.

Downfield throws and play-action passes have been a struggle for Jacksonville this season, as through two weeks the Jaguars have averaged 6.2 and 2.5 yards-per-pass, respectively.

Henne has a history with the vertical passing game and will be able to utilize the speed of a big-play receiver like Justin Blackmon.

Opponents will obviously have to respect the constant threat of MJD, and that will mean secondaries that cannot play too far away from the box.

Shallower safeties means better chance of beating them deep.

Henne may not be the most accurate QB, with a career completion percentage hovering around 60, but he has the ability to make a difference in the Jags' offense.

That being said, this is a team that has in place a franchise quarterback, who is starting to develop properly after a terrible rookie campaign.

Once Gabbert is fully healthy and ready to go, he should, and even must be, immediately placed back into the starting role.

No need for a QB controversy in Jacksonville.

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