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Blake Bortles announced as Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback, beating out Chad Henne

Blake Bortles announced as Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback, beating out Chad Henne

Bortles is set to make $19 million next season, and the Jaguars could be on the hook for that money if they keep him around and he gets injured.

On Thursday, Henne completed 8-of-14 passes for 73 yards in the first half against Carolina.

Through two preseason games this season, Bortles is 11 of 18 for 81 yards with no touchdowns and no picks, while Henne is 11-16 for 183 yards with one TD. Bortles started the first two 2017 preseason games before Marrone told both quarterbacks the job was "up for grabs" following the Jaguars' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Preseason Week 2.

Coach Doug Marrone selected Bortles as his starting quarterback for the season opener Saturday, a surprising turnabout that said more about the team's offensive line than its signal callers.

Khan said he is open to anything that his staff suggests would make the Jaguars a better team. He also threw an interception on a pass that was behind Allen Robinson and into double coverage. The team is poised for success; they just need a competent leader under center to earn their trust.

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Asked how he thought the quarterback competition would turn out this upcoming week, Bortles said he had no idea. Both Bortles and Chad Henne have been splitting first-team reps.

"[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". The starters will probably play into the 3rd quarter, or maybe a series into the 2nd half.

"I think you're getting dealt a certain hand and it's your decision and you chose to do what you want with it".

Henne, 32, has started 22 games (5-17) in four seasons with the Jaguars and has appeared in seven others. "I think Blake had the ability to extend plays for us, which I think is going to be helpful in what we have to get done". This gives him the worst winning percentage of any quarterback taken in the top three in the common draft era (since 1967) with at least 40 starts.

Most of the Jaguars' players say they are comfortable with either Henne or Bortles as the starter for the regular season.

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