Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will start opener

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Meet the new boss of the Jaguars offense, same as the old boss of the Jaguars offense.

The Jaguars announced on Saturday morning that Blake Bortles will be their starting quarterback on September 10 against the Texans. The announcement comes two days after the Jaguars started Chad Henne in their third preseason game and a little more than a week after coach Doug Marrone announced he was opening the job up for competition.

That decision came after Bortles struggled during the first two preseason games to cast further doubt upon his ability to be the right man to lead the Jacksonville offense. He went 12-of-16 for 125 yards, a touchdown and an interception while playing with the first-team offensive line and second-string skill position players against the Panthers on Thursday. Henne was 8-of-14 for 73 yards in the first half of the game.

Choosing Bortles gives the third overall pick of the 2014 draft another chance to show he can be the quarterback the Jaguars though he’d be at the time of that selection. With a $19 million option for 2018 that is guaranteed against injury, it also opens up the possibility that the Jaguars will have to keep Bortles at a high price even if he doesn’t progress as a player.

That risk didn’t outweigh the potential rewards they saw from playing Henne, at least not right out of the gate, and that leaves the Jags right back where they started this summer.

31 responses to “Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will start opener

  1. What a mess of an organization. Makes no sense why it’s been so damn hard for Jacksonville and Cleveland to find a solution at QB. They’ll be picking in the top 5 again

  2. I gotta say I think this is the right decision. Bortles is a bit of a crapshoot, but Henne is basically a Brian Hoyer equivalent. You gotta give Bortles a final shot

  3. Yuck, what an ugly decision. Start the guy you know will lead you to 5-11 or the guy that will lead you to 3-13……ouch, maybe they do swing a deal for McCarron (second rounder 2018 and 4th in 2019) or Osweiler (Browns eat $13mm and get conditional seventh rounder in 2019 draft)

  4. Henne is the better player. Not saying he is great, but he’s better than Bortles. So he gives you a better chance to win games. So it tells me the Jags don’t want to win games and are looking at the strong QB class for next year.

  5. Finally an end to the media campaign to force the Jags to sign the idiotic flag protesting former QB who was paid $19 million last season.

  6. Well thats his final chance I think and also a vote of confidence that might help him. He does have more ability then Henne.

    Starting Henne is not throwing in the towel but its close.

    Dont get the Brock talk… Might be a hair better but money wise thats a lot of risk you take over 2 years on him and Bortles.

  7. gbpackfan3 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

    What a mess of an organization. Makes no sense why it’s been so damn hard for Jacksonville and Cleveland to find a solution at QB. They’ll be picking in the top 5 again

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    I personally am of the opinion that they keep rushing these guys out there too early in their careers, their confidence gets killed, and they never have a chance to develop properly. Back when rookie quarterbacks sat for a year or two, there was a much higher percentage of success.

    Aaron Rodgers may not be the player he is today if he hadn’t sat behind Favre for three years. During that time, his throwing motion and footwork were completely overhauled and by the time he started, he knew the offense inside and out; and his first year starting was still a struggle.

    For every Andrew Luck, there are at least a dozen Christian Ponders.

  8. The Jags haven’t exactly had good O-line play or a consistent run game. Fournette should shore up the rushing attack. They’ve got some talented receivers. Bortles ceiling is higher than Henne’s. If he comes out of the gate 0-4 wrap him in bubble wrap and move on.

  9. Amazing move–if they start Bortles, they are stuck with him for this year AND could have to pay him for 2018 if he gets hurt.

    That is truly shocking. Bortles is not good, but playing him ties him to the salary cap possibly for the next 2 years. If you saw the offensive line of the Jags, you know a big injury is highly possible–and a huge cap charge for 2018. For someone that won’t play. Or might not be able to pay if he is hurt.

    That also means legit good players like Jalen Ramsey are 1 year closer to their next contract–and get more and more expensive…

    I don’t get this. Unless they are praying Bortles gets a little better…or Fournette can still run effectively behind a line that can’t seem to block much in the preseason.

  10. Jags don’t have many options but Borltes looks to be a bust. You also know your team is in trouble when their fan base wants Brock or an out of work former NFL QB.

  11. It took just the second preseason game of watching Bortles for everyone to realize they still suck, just like for most of the last decade. So much for all that optimism about playoffs and Super Bowl. It’s hard to do anything on offense when that offensive line is so pathetic.

    LT – Cam Robinson–2nd round draft pick this year with potential
    LG – Patrick Omameh–undrafted free agent who has been cut by Bucs and Bears
    C – Brandon Linder–3rd round draft pick (Jags) in 2014
    RG – A.J. Cann–3rd round draft pick (Jags) in 2015
    RT – Jeremy Parnell–undrafted, had 7 career starts prior to signing with Jags

    What makes this even worse is they knew they had a hole at left guard and decided all the free agents were too expensive so they were going to address it in the draft–and didn’t. Parnell was backup who rarely saw any action but for the Jags he’s started every game. Omameh is another journeyman who was a career backup before signing with the Jags. Yet somehow Dave Caldwell thinks this is adequate for an OL? How can you have career backups starting on your OL and expect to be able to do ANYTHING on offense? I guess they just don’t even care. They should have used the Fournette pick to trade down and get some OL help. It makes no sense to draft a RB at #4 (especially when you already have Ivory and Yeldon) and expect him to succeed running behind an OL that couldn’t start in the CFL.

  12. It is funny. The media cut down Bortles as a terrible quarterback, while at the same time building up Kaepernick as something special and worth the drama.

    In what was considered a terrible season by Bortles last year, he threw for 26 TDs and 3905 yards. In Kaepernick’s best season he threw for 23 TDs and in his best season 3369 yards (not the same season).

    At least that farce of Kaepernick to Jags can be ended for now…

  13. Many a terrible QB has had his numbers improved when hopelessly behind in a game. The offense tends to THROW on every play, and you get a lot of garbage time touchdowns.

    So yeah he had 26 TDs, but how many came in garbage time? I remember when Jags got badly blown out by the Titans, and Bortles had a pretty good line–because he got 3 Td passes after the game was hopelessly out of reach.

    3-13 still sucks, even if your QB threw 26 tds. how many did he throw when the game was still up for grabs?

  14. I think they’d have better luck with Don Merediths dead body at QB than they would either of these guys. Woof

  15. daysend564 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    It is funny. The media cut down Bortles as a terrible quarterback, while at the same time building up Kaepernick as something special and worth the drama.

    In what was considered a terrible season by Bortles last year, he threw for 26 TDs and 3905 yards. In Kaepernick’s best season he threw for 23 TDs and in his best season 3369 yards (not the same season).

    At least that farce of Kaepernick to Jags can be ended for now…

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    Nice stat cherry-picking to make a misrepresented argument, but lets check the real facts. Bortles last year threw for 23 TDs, not 26, he did have 3 rushing, and also threw 16 interceptions, an average of 1 interception per game! Those interceptions are an important stat, he also had 3900 yards, a completion percentage of 58.8 and a QBR of a grand total of 49.2! Also the team, which was notably more talented than the 2016 49ers, was still 3-13.

    In Kaepernick’s best season he threw for 21 TDs and 3100 yards, with an additional 500 yards rushing and 4 rushing tds. Completion rate of 58.4 and QBR of 69.7 But more importantly, he only threw 8 interceptions.

    Kaepernick has been in the league since 2011, Bortles since 2014. Here’s their TD-Int ratio.

    Kaepernick: 72 passing TDs – 30 interceptions.
    Bortle: 69 passing TDs – 51 interceptions.

    And Kaepernick didn’t have a good year in 2016 coming off of injury and the bench yet still went 16-4 TDs to Ints with completion rate of 59.2, 2200 yards and QBR of 55.2. Bortles has only had ONE YEAR where his QBR was in the 50s, and it was 55.9. His best year is Kaepernick’s second worse, and his rookie year was abysmal, and he hasn’t gotten any better in not turning over the ball.

    So if Kaepernick to Jaguars is a farce best on your biased stats. With the true facts, Bortles being anything more than a 3rd string back up is a bigger farce.

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