Chad Henne knows as well as anyone that Blake Bortles “is the future, I understand that.”
But that hasn’t put the Jaguars in any hurry to push him out there in the near future.
Jaguars coach reiterated to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports and Bill Polian on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Henne is still their starter looking to the regular season opener, a position which hasn’t wavered despite a strong first showing from the first-round pick.
“Chad has done a nice job,” Bradley said. “I know that Chad has a body of work that he can really rely on. We’ve seen really good progress as far as his mentality and mindset from OTAs. We think that coupled with his experience and the way he’s performed to this point really puts him in that position.
“Blake has done some good things, but he’s missing kind of that body of work. We’re in the process of building that.”
General Manager Dave Caldwell took over a team which burned a first-rounder on a quarterback who wasn’t ready and never developed (Blaine Gabbert), so he’s in no hurry to rush Bortles out there.
“He was a junior and he didn’t come out in the most conventional pro-style offense [at Central Florida],” Caldwell said. “There are a lot of nuances with the quarterback position that it’s going to take him a little while before we can really hone in those skills to where they’re second nature for him.”
If Bortles continues to light it up in the preseason and Henne continues to be Henne, it will get harder and harder for the Jaguars to resist the pressure to play the kid.
But to their credit, they’ve held firm so far, willing to take the long road to stability at the position.