Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

After an uneventful night from Blake Bortles, coach Doug Marrone officially announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback job is up for grabs. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Jaguars have three points in six series with Bortles on the field this preseason.

Nothing can absolve an National Football League starting quarterback from throws like that.

On the next drive, Bortles had Robinson open on an in-breaking route, but threw him a ground ball.

The ramifications: If Bortles, drafted third overall in 2014, is done as the starter, he's done in Jacksonville and the Jaguars join the list of teams who will need to draft a quarterback or acquire one in trade/free agency next off-season while hoping Henne can manage the offense efficiently enough to be competitive.

He somehow finished with 65 yards on 8-of-13 passing; it felt like less.

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Since then, Jaguars fans have been on a roller coaster of emotion watching their quarterback display both brilliance and a sheer stupidity.

Henne entered the game with 2:41 left in the first half after Keelan Cole's 31-yard punt return. However, rookie receiver Dede Westbrook lit up the Bucs' reserves in the fourth quarter, catching six passes for 131 yards. Tampa Bay outgained the Jaguars 240-59 in the first half. The offensive line couldn't create any space, and Bortles missed Robinson twice on deep passes, including one he underthrew badly.

Rookie watch: Cole has had a great camp and seems a lock to make the team as the fifth or sixth receiver, but his end zone drop certainly hurts. He also missed an extra point in the fourth. A 30-yard pass from Allen to Westbrook took the Jaguars to the Buccaneers 35.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's kicking woes continued as Nick Folk, the presumed victor of the kicking battle against recently released Roberto Aguayo, had his extra point attempt blocked and later missed a 47-yard field goal to finish 2-3 on field goal attempts. On fourth-and-1 from the 2, Allen threw incomplete to Rashad Greene in the end zone. Afterward, Allen almost marched the offense down the field again with the help of wide receiver Dede Westbrook, but ultimately came up short by turning the ball over on downs at the Bucs 2-yard line.

Winston departed at halftime, completing 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards.

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