The Jacksonville Jaguars decision to start Chad Henne was really not a surprise. The fact it was made so early in the week and done so before the team talked about playing the San Diego Chargers could mean a more permanent decision will be made once the team prepares for London and San Francisco.
Henne threw for 303 yards on Sunday in the team’s loss to Denver. He did throw two interceptions but the offense was more in sync and the offensive line played much better with him behind center. Henne may give the Jaguars a better chance to win on Sunday, a game that appears to be within their grasp now that they have proven they can play with the likes of Denver.
The fact that there are still questions about Blaine Gabbert and his hamstring injury, the team may decide to make Henne the incumbent and see if the team can make more improvements going forward.
Henne is 1-8 as a starter for the Jaguars since he was signed as a free agent from Miami last offseason.
In other news from Monday…
Could Jason Babin be traded?
There is some talk, according to a story from bigcatcountry.com, that Jason Babin may be receiving interest as a trade possibility.
The report, which quotes Jason Cole, states, “The latest player whose name has been floated is veteran defensive end Jason Babin, albeit I say float very liberally.”
The Jaguars claimed Babin late last season, which meant they also received his contract currently paying him $4.2 million, but he can declare himself a free agent after the season if he so desires.
Babin may not fetch much in terms of a late round pick, but he could be a good pickup for a team that needs defensive help. A team like Dallas, New England, Miami or even San Francisco might be in the market or the teams interested in the Jaguars starter.
Shorts status still unknown
Cecil Shorts injured his shoulder early in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The third-year receiver left Mile High Stadium in a sling with what appeared to be a shoulder sprain. At least that is what Shorts said after the game Sunday.
On Monday, the diagnosis was a bit different, according to fansided.com.
The story reads that Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida-Times Union said, “Shorts wouldn't say how serious injury is but said its AC joint under clavicle and not a shoulder injury.”
Sunday was the second game in a row that Shorts and Justin Blackmon had started together. It was also the first time all season the Jaguars had its full complement of receivers.
The story went on to state the injury really is not known and how severe it could be. “There are reports that he has “a fractured rib closer towards the sternum” as well, according to Josina Anderson. She also reported that the x-ray was obscured by his lung and that he’ll get a CT scan later today.”