Jaguars Still Undecided On Starting QB
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 27, 2017,
Aug 27, 2017, 0:23
After not signing another backup quarterback this offseason, and instead throwing its weight and confidence behind Bortles and Henne, who have won a combined 17 games for the Jaguars since 2012, Jacksonville has so far botched what looked to be a promising 2017 campaign.
The Jaguars demoted the 25-year-old quarterback, with coach Doug Marrone announcing Wednesday that Bortles would be taken out of the starting role in favor of Chad Henne, starting with their Thursday preseason game against the Panthers.
Bortles is 23 of 34 passing for 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the preseason.
Bortles had something of a breakout season in 2015, but came crashing back to earth past year. Per the team's official Twitter account, Bortles has been named the Jaguars' starting quarterback for their Week 1 game against the division rival Texans. Bortles played seven series in the second half and went 12 of 16 for 125 yards and one touchdown. "I don't think you give X position a longer period than you do a defensive-tackle position or a corner position".
If this was to mimic a regular season game, head coach Ron Rivera has to be pleased with how his projected starters performed.
Marrone opened the job after Bortles turned in a flat performance against Tampa Bay in the preseason.
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"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.
"You only have a certain amount of time and then it's time to go", Bortles said. "I look at everything with the quarterback position - how we want to play, and what we want to do".
"I'm going to go play as hard as I can". This means that quarterback Cam Newton, wide receiver Curtis Samuel and center Ryan Kalil will be stepping onto the field for the first time this year, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Marrone said he hasn't ruled out playing Bortles Thursday in the Jaguars' preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.