Blake Bortles benched, Chad Henne will start for Jaguars vs. Panthers

Blake Bortles benched, Chad Henne will start for Jaguars vs. Panthers

Blake Bortles benched, Chad Henne will start for Jaguars vs. Panthers

The Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bortles-for now. Head coach Doug Marrone explained during his press conference that "I look at everything, not just the quarterback position" when discussing why he picked Bortles over Henne. Bortles has shown flashes of developing into a solid starting quarterback, as he set franchise records with 35 touchdown passes and 4,428 passing yards 2015, but his propensity to turn over the football has held him back.

Taaffe pointed to the Jaguars saying they were going to be patient with Bortles after drafting him third overall in 2014, then inserting him as a starter during his rookie season.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone decided on his starting quarterback - at the least for the season opener - pegging Blake Bortles to start Week 1 against the Houston Texans on September 10.

Jacksonville had all offseason to figure out the quarterback situation.

Bortles has had 63 turnovers and 18 interceptions since his start in 2014. The team is poised for success; they just need a competent leader under center to earn their trust. Will one quarterback play the first quarter with the starters and one play the second? Bortles has been given every opportunity to win the starting job but has played poorly in training camp and during both preseason games.

Veteran backup Chad Henne came in and managed a one-yard drive after a 31-yard punt return that ended in a missed field goal. "Or you can say, 'I've had to go through this once and there's no way I'm going to ever let them do it to me again". "I think everything is on the table". "It's tough. I think you're getting dealt a certain hand and it's your decision and you chose to do what you want with it". I think our relationship, being supportive of him and obviously wanting the team to do well and be successful, is all I could really do. "Yeah, he had flaws here and there, but at the end of the day I feel like he can go out there and make it happen".

Henne, 32, has started 22 games (5-17) in four seasons with the Jaguars and has appeared in seven others.

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