The Jacksonville Jaguars took Blake Bortles with the third overall pick of the 2014 draft last Thursday night, with many presuming the franchise had found their starting quarterback in the process.
Whilst some people were surprised that the former UCF signal-caller had his name called rather than that of Johnny Manziel, the consensus belief was that Bortles would be taking the first snap for the Jags come September.
That outcome may not be quite as definite as we had assumed however if recent reports are to be believed.
According to the Florida Times Union, Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley are hoping that veteran Chad Henne can take on the starting role next season so as to allow the rookie QB to develop into the role ahead of the 2015 season.
Indeed Bradley has previously spoken of his desire for Henne, who started 13 games last year in Jacksonville but has been much maligned, to be the starter in Week One.
With the team having picked a quarterback with their early first round pick it is likely there will be calls for Bortles name should he begin the season on the sideline.
Henne threw for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013 as the Jaguars finished with a 4-12 record.
The 28-year-old spoke of his readiness to fight for his position recently:
"“I’ve been through a lot of quarterback competitions in my career,” Henne told the Times Union.
“I think there’s only been one year where I haven’t had to compete and battle for that starting job. I’m up for it. You set your ego aside and compete against yourself rather than the person next to you.”
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