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Jaguars Name Chad Henne Week 1 Starter

NFL teams, Jaguars, Blake Bortles
Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

In some less-than-surprising news, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley indicated Friday evening after their third preseason game that Chad Henne will be the starting quarterback Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The Jaguars have remained consistent throughout the entire summer that their plans were to sit Blake Bortles for his entire rookie season. However, the No. 3 overall pick in May’s draft has performed exceptionally well during the preseason.

Including Jacksonville’s loss to the Detroit Lions on Friday night, Bortles has completed 28-of-44 passes for 435 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions in three preseason games. That’s good enough for a ridiculous 103.9 quarterback rating.

Bradley’s decision is based mainly on the feeling that the Jaguars want to wait until Bortles is ready before throwing him to the wolves. If this preseason is any indication, the Central Florida product will be ready sooner rather than later. That could make for a tough decision for Bradley and Co., especially if Henne struggles early in the year.

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi