Henne (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Henne was a surprise addition to the injury report, although it's likely his illness isn't anything serious. If he isn't able to play Sunday, look for Ryan Nassib to take over as the backup quarterback.
Coach Doug Marrone announced Saturday that Blake Bortles will enter the regular season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, which means Henne will serve as his backup, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. The situation was thought to be up in the air as recently as Thursday, so something must have happened to convince Marrone to give Bortles the starting job. Expect him to be on a short leash however, which means Henne could still potentially find his way to the field should Bortles struggle early.
Coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that Henne may play in the Jaguars' preseason finale with the team's starting quarterback situation still undecided, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official sitereports. Henne got the start Thursday and played the entire first half, but he didn't perform well enough to definitively secure the starting role. He went eight-of-14 for 73 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns, and he was sacked three times. With Jacksonville's starting quarterback gig still up for grabs, look for Henne and Bortles to get one more shot apiece in the Jaguars' preseason finale against the Falcons.
Henne completed eight of 14 passes for 73 yards and added 14 yards on one carry in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina, leading the Jaguars to 10 points points on five drives while playing the entire first half. Henne avoided turnovers but needed a 51-yard gain on a fake punt to set up Jacksonville's only touchdown while he was in the game. He also took a trio of sacks despite mostly settling for check downs, though he did toss a 37-yard dime to AllenRobinson to set up a field goal right before halftime. Blake Bortles finished with the better stat line, but he produced two punts and an ugly pick on his first three drives, and then lit it up against Carolina's defensive reserves late in the game. It wasn't a clear win for either candidate, which actually could work in Henne's favor, considering he started Thursday's game.
Henne will start Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. The majority of the time, whoever starts in preseason Week 3 takes on the same role in the regular-season opener, barring an injury, so Henne supplanting Blake Bortles is notable in this regard. With an adjusted management structure and new coaching staff in place, the Jaguars will instead trust in the veteran presence to make sure the offense is less mistake-prone. For his career, Henne has averaged 199 passing yards per game, while posting a 58:63 TD:INT in 65 games (53 starts).
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||30||24.50|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Rams||13||16.00|
|10||11/12||Los Angeles Chargers||23||19.50|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||27||20.67|
|3 Year Avg||53.8||164||1||0||8||0||12|