Blake Bortles opens up about getting benched in preseason

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne will serve as the team's backup quarterback heading into Week 1 of the regular season. As for the Jaguars, they are moving into their first season with head coach Doug Marrone.

Henne started their third pre-season game, completing eight of 14 passes for 78 yards before handing over to Bortles. The Panthers are still without Cam Newton, as Derek Anderson led the way in the losing effort, completing seven of 12 passes for 88 yards and one interception.

He amped up his workload this week in preparation for the team's third exhibition, quite possibly the only action he'll get in the preseason. In Jacksonville, he's posted a 5-17 record as a starter and has thrown for 5,817 yards, 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He arrived at training camp hoping to turn his career around, but raised eyebrows with a string of interceptions in practice and missed throws in preseason games. "So you have two options and I think you pick one and you go". "I met with both quarterbacks afterwards".


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.

"[Seeing] how well I thought that he handled that whole situation, so I think being able to see that definitely helped me in handling it".

"Blake has the ability to extend plays for us, which I think is going to be helpful in what we have to get done", Marrone said.


Marrone made a decision to sit him down, albeit for a little more than a week.

Marrone has not been pleased with what he has seen from his quarterbacks thus far in the preseason.

"I think you're getting dealt a certain hand and it's your decision and you chose to do what you want with it". As the preseason wore on Bortles, he and Henne ended up in a competition for who would gain the starting position. I'm not going to sit here and B.S. anyone. The Jaguars still have a few other starting competitions to figure out before facing the Texans in Week 1.


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