The Jaguars are going to give third overall pick Blake Bortles some first-team reps at quarterback this summer so that he gets a “feel” for the duties of a starting quarterback, but there’s been no indication of any change in organizational thinking about Chad Henne being the guy who actually performs those duties come the start of the regular season.
According to Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, the team’s strong and consistent shows of faith in Henne have created a situation where the rest of the Jaguars believe in the veteran quarterback and that Henne is secure enough in his role to act as a mentor to Bortles on and off the field.
“I think it’s been out there that our beliefs and our feelings is that we feel so strongly about Chad and he’s going in, I think the team has really rallied around that,” Bradley said in an appearance on NFL Network. “Now, it has provided an atmosphere for Blake to really go out there and ask a lot of questions and gain a lot of information from all the quarterbacks that are in.”
Bradley said the team is excited about Bortles’ development, but Henne should be able to stay in the job if he is able to complete more than 60 percent of his passes this season. It might not make for the most exciting offense anyone’s ever seen, that kind of accuracy (and the expected production from Toby Gerhart) should serve Jacksonville better than the fluctuations that almost always come along with playing a rookie quarterback.