Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union provides an update on the Chad Henne vs. Blake Bortles quarterback competition:
Gus says Henne week 1 starter.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 23, 2014
John Oehser of Jaguars.com has more details on Bortles' potential to win the job this season:
Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says QB Chad Henne definitely will start opener. No change and door is not open for Blake Bortles.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 23, 2014
Although Chad Henne came into training camp as the unquestioned starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blake Bortles has turned it into legitimate competition.
Both quarterbacks fared well in the second preseason game, which was played against the Chicago Bears. Henne started the game completing 12 of his 17 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown while helping his team get out to a 13-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Bortles was just as impressive, going 11-of-17 passing for a total of 160 passing yards. He showed great presence in the pocket and displayed solid accuracy while throwing on the run.
After the game, head coach Gus Bradley decided Bortles would get time with the first team in the next preseason game, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union:
Gus says Bortles a quarter with 1s at Detroit.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 15, 2014
This is a big difference from earlier in the week when Bradley said Henne would remain the starter, via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Bradley added some rookies have gotten 1st-team reps. Bortles will too at some point. “But the team has really rallied around Chad (Henne).”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2014
Bortles was the first quarterback taken in the 2014 draft when the Jaguars selected him with the No. 3 overall pick. He has the size and tools to be an above-average starter in the NFL and is clearly more advanced than many were expecting.
Combining this with the fact Henne has an 18-32 career record as a starter and a 75.3 quarterback rating, and it makes sense fans want to see a change under center. However, the Jaguars need to make sure they do not rush the rookie into action where he can end up struggling and losing confidence.
Still, this competition remains something to follow over the final few weeks of the preseason heading into the team's opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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