In case you were wondering the Jaguars do not have a quarterback problem. Team is still committed to the idea of having Chad Henne start the season and remain the starter for all 16 regular season games. This according to Jaguars.com and senior writer, John Oehser.
Chad Henne is still the guy.
That was true before a preseason-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, and it was true after rookie quarterback Blake Bortles turned in an impressive performance in that game in his NFL debut.
“He's our starting quarterback,” Coach Gus Bradley said of Henne early Saturday afternoon, the day after the Jaguars’ 16-10 victory over the Buccaneers at EverBank Field.
Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, worked with the second team Friday, as has been the case throughout the offseason and training camp. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards, and looked impressive while playing most of the second and third quarters.
Bortles was impressive enough to have the hometown fans questioning the team’s decision it has stuck with since the Central Florida quarterback was drafted third overall in the May Draft. While the decision to start Bortles may look like an easy decision to make, and one that NFL insiders like CBSsports.com writer Pete Prisco thinks should be made, it looks like Bradley and team general manager Dave Caldwell are sticking to their guns.
Henne completed 4 of 7 passes for 30 yards, but was victimized by to high snaps on third downs, which took the team out of scoring range and ended two key drives in the first half. Bradley said while Bortles likely will get first-team repetitions at some point during the preseason and/or practice, which will also be the case for many of the Jaguars’ rookies. Bradley said he doubted that will happen before Thursday’s Preseason Week 2 game at Chicago.
“I wouldn't count on it this week,” Bradley said.
Overall, Bradley said there were positives Friday, particularly how the offense protected the ball. He also said while the offensive line struggled at times run-blocking, it allowed just one sack. Defensively, he said the line played well against the run, noting that the defense registered three sacks, two forced fumbles and nine pressures – as well as a 68-yard interception return for a first-quarter touchdown by safety Winston Guy.
“All good signs,” Bradley said, adding, “We’re seeing the beginning stages of us creating an identity. We just have to point that identity out that we want and we go from there.”