Jaguars Future Quarterback Is Not On The Roster

John Raoux  AP

Following the Jags' ugly 12-8 home loss to Tampa Bay, coach Doug Marrone made it clear that Bortles was no longer a lock to be the team's starter for Jacksonville's regular season opener on September 10.

Henne fared slightly better Thursday, completing six of 10 passes for 44 yards, with a few drops, and he was given a couple of series with Jacksonville's first-team offense. "I'm not happy with the performance". Everyone saw it out there.

Bortles had 13 only pass attempts in Jacksonville's 12-8 loss to the Bucs, but some of those were bad enough to merit their own clips. Doug Marrone has indicated that he plans to split first-team reps between Henne and Bortles leading up to the season opener against the Houston Texans. While the Jaguars picked up Bortles' fifth-year option, it's only guaranteed for injury, so Bortles' future with the team, and perhaps in the league, may be on the line.


Things actually got so bad for Bortles that the fans in Jacksonville started booing him after he overthrew Allen Robinson on a play early in the second quarter. There were plays like defensive end Yannick Ngakoue coming off the edge and getting in ideal position to make a possible play only to see wide receiver DeSean Jackson race by him on an end-around for a 15-yard gain. What it likely means is that Henne is the starter unless Bortles magically turns a corner next Thursday against Carolina. Henne has played just one regular season snap in two years.

"It's hard to not hear people booing", Bortles said. "I think the only way to eliminate those mistakes is continue to do it and continue to do it and continue to correct it in meetings until it's beaten in your head that you know how to do it". "I told them what I'm looking for is I'm looking for someone that's gonna lead this offense". Despite giving a strong effort during two days of joint practices against Tampa Bay in advance of Thursday's game, the Jaguars got gashed for long gains. "I'm not going to sit here, again, I don't work with the outside-the-roster stuff, so for me, I can't answer that question".

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