Published: Thu, August 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Jaguars bench Blake Bortles in favor of Chad Henne

Jaguars bench Blake Bortles in favor of Chad Henne

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone informed Henne and Blake Bortles of the plan on Wednesday, and the team confirmed it Wednesday evening.

Bortles played four series (all punts) last week against Tampa Bay. For a group of starters that has been together for more than three seasons, it could be too little, too late. So if the Jags want to save that amount and move on after this season, they need only to ensure Bortles can pass an offseason physical.

Jacksonville is officially exploring a quarterback change, looking to replace the inaccurate, mistake-prone Blake Bortles. That presents an expensive problem, though. That amount is guaranteed for injury only, meaning that if Bortles were to suffer an injury that made him unable to pass a physical next year, the Jaguars would have to pay him that amount even if he can not play. Plus, the team picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract and could be on the hook to pay him $19 million in 2018 if he sustains a significant injury this season.

Bortles is 11 of 18 for 81 yards through two preseason games and his struggles throwing the ball deep haven't improved.

As much promise as Bortles once showed, he's regressed since he was a garbage time, fantasy hero two seasons ago with over 30 touchdowns.

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The biggest question now is whether the Jaguars can even stick with Bortles. Since he entered the league he has committed an NFL-high 63 and his 51 interceptions are the second-most in that span behind Philip Rivers (52).

As soon as Marrone announced the open competition last Thursday, it has made the most sense to start Henne against Carolina to see if he can spark a currently-in-a-rut offense.

Bortles was put on notice in the spring by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin about his turnover problem. His worst throw of the night in last week's game was a badly underthrown ball to a wide-open Allen Robinson.

Henne, the 32-year-old former Miami Dolphins backup quarterback, has a legitimate chance to unseat the younger and taller Bortles, who should be heading into his prime, instead of worrying about a 2008 second round pick taking his starting spot.

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