Blake Bortles benched, Chad Henne will start for Jaguars vs. Panthers

Blake Bortles benched, Chad Henne will start for Jaguars vs. Panthers

Coach Doug Marrone has named fourth-year player Blake Bortles as the team's starter for the September 10 season opener at Houston, a surprising turnaround for a player whose career with the team seemed to be in jeopardy a week ago. The 25-year-old quarterback, Jacksonville's starter since shortly into his rookie season in 2014, will come off the bench in the team's preseason game Thursday. Bortles had six touchdowns and eight interceptions in those six games.

One of the main storylines that everyone has been watching this National Football League preseason has been, really, the fall from grace of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Henne went 8 of 14 for 73 yards while getting sacked three times with the first-team offense, while Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick with the subs. In 2015, Bortles had a much better season with for 4,000 yards and had 35 touchdowns, but it is just a distant memory for the quarterback.

Bortles had something of a breakout season in 2015, but came crashing back to earth previous year.

While Bortles gets the call for Week 1, nobody will be shocked if he's pulled in short order. I think our relationship, being supportive of him and obviously wanting the team to do well and be successful, is all I could really do. After another shaky outing last week where he missed several wide open receivers, Marrone has stated that the quarterback job is up for grabs.

"I've got to do the best job for the organization and best job for the team", coach Doug Marrone said.

"I'm going to go play as hard as I can".

If this was to mimic a regular season game, head coach Ron Rivera has to be pleased with how his projected starters performed. The Jaguars have shown pretty consistently that they can't win with Bortles at QB. Bortles will now get one last chance to prove his worth as 2014's third overall selection.

"I am excited because (Thursday) will be an opportunity to see (Newton) out there with all the different players we brought in, all the different playmakers we believe we have", Rivera. '"Those are the two options and you pick one and go".

The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback battle is over.

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