Chad Henne to start at QB for Jaguars on Thursday

Word around Jacksonville is that it may be moving on from Bortles as the starting quarterback, which has to breathe life into this entire team from a confidence standpoint. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone did say that both quarterbacks will get reps with the first-team offense. Henne got the start over Bortles during the team's third preseason game and many assumed that the job would be his.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone decided on his starting quarterback - at the least for the season opener - pegging Blake Bortles to start Week 1 against the Houston Texans on September 10. The first-team units should get plenty of exposure on Thursday night as preparations continue.

"Definitely for him, it's still proving that he's a franchise quarterback", Henne said. His second season represented a step forward, with his yards per attempt and touchdown rate rising and his interception rate taking a slight dip, but Year 3 exposed that much of his "progress" the year prior had been the result of dominating garbage time.

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"I really didn't want to be sitting here trying to figure out who the quarterback was going to be", veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said. For his career, Henne has thrown 58 touchdowns and 63 interceptions in 65 games. I think that the ability to keep going on for me was going to stop the progress of the team.

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

"[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". Sixth-round selections may just surprise you, as I believe one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game was drafted that late. Bortles is bad, but he's not any worse than he was in March when free agency started or in April during the draft.

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"We wouldn't take the guys that are coming back and expect them to play all the way into the third quarter", Rivera said after Tuesday's practice. Bortles has started every Jaguars regular-season game since Week 4 of his 2014 rookie season.

"I'm not going to sit here and BS anyone". Again, I haven't looked at a lot of things.

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