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Jaguars HC Gus Bradley said Tuesday that QB Blake Bortles is "progressing more quickly" than expected from his mid-foot sprain.  It sounds like he has a shot to play against the Titans on Thursday night, although we're still betting it'll be Chad Henne.  Neither guy is a recommended fantasy play, despite the plus matchup.  The Jags have topped 17 points in just 1 of their past 5 games.

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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has a mid-foot sprain.  HC Gus Bradley labeled the rookie "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Titans, but we'd be surprised if Jacksonville threw him out there at less than 100%.  Look for QB Chad Henne to get the start.  The Jags' entire passing game is best avoided in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

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11 months ago

Jaguars QB Chad Henne was benched for the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Colts.  He completed 4 of 7 passes for 33 yards in the first 30 minutes.  QB Blake Bortles is in at QB for Jacksonville -- potentially for good.

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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles couldn't have asked for a better final pass of his initial preseason.  The rookie hit fellow rookie WR Marqise Lee deep for a 57-yard TD early in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's preseason finale.  Bortles left after that series, having completed 4 of his 6 passes for 86 yards on the night.  He did take 2 sacks behind Jacksonville's shaky line and nearly throw a 1st-quarter INT.  But the 3rd overall pick finished the preseason 32-of-51 for 521 yards with 2 TDs and no picks.  Expect to see him on the field by mid-season for a Jacksonville squad with little to get excited about.  Veteran QB Chad Henne sat out the contest, which makes his opening-day starter job look safe.

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Jaguars HC Gus Bradley named QB Chad Henne his Week 1 starter after Friday night's preseason game.  Henne has been solid in August, completing 65.7% of his passes with 1 TD and 0 INTs. Blake Bortles has looked like Jacksonville's best QB, though.  The Jags are sticking with their plan to redshirt Bortles for now, but we're still expecting to see the rookie under center at some point this season.  This remains a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.

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Jaguars HC Gus Bradley announced that QB Blake Bortles will play 1 quarter with the 1st-team offense in the 3rd preseason game.  That'll still leave at least 1 quarter for QB Chad Henne to work with the starters.  The veteran remains the favorite to start Week 1, but the rookie has made up some serious ground with a couple excellent showings in Jacksonville's first 2 preseason games.  It remains a situation to avoid in redraft fantasy leagues.

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1 year ago

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles enjoyed another solid outing in the team's 2nd preseason game, completing 11 of his 17 passes for 160 yards and leading a couple of FG drives.  Two of Bortles' incompletions came on a clock-stopping spike and a drop by TE D.J. Tialavea, according to The Florida Times-Union.  HC Gus Bradley mentioned after Bortles' 1st preseason appearance that the Bucs didn't give him the same kind of defensive look -- including just 1 blitz -- that he'd see in the regular season.  And the Bears weren't throwing extra pass-rushers at the rookie Thursday night.  Those factors are important to keep in mind while not overrating Bortles' performances.  Still, he's probably looking steadier than most would have expected and could force his way onto the field sooner in real games.  Of course, it's also worth noting that QB Chad Henne played well against Chicago on Thursday night, too.  The veteran completed 12 of 17 throws for 130 yards and a TD.

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Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union called the debut performance of rookie Jaguars QB Blake Bortles "by far the offensive highlight" of the team's Friday night preseason opener.  Bortles completed 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards and led the team to 3 points within his 22 snaps of action.  According to O'Halloran, 3 of those 4 incompletions came on drops by Jacksonville wideouts. HC Gus Bradley wouldn't say yet whether his 1st-round pick would get time with the starters this preseason, however: “We’ll keep evaluating it. … We’ll see how it progresses — we’ll see how the fourth game goes. It could happen earlier, depending on how things go."

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Jaguars insider Ryan O'Halloran points out that QB Blake Bortles has yet to take a 1st-team rep in OTAs, minicamp or training camp.  It's confirmation that QB Chad Henne is locked in as Jacksonville's Week 1 starter.  If he doesn't face plant, the Jags could keep Bortles on the bench all season.  We don't have that much faith in Henne, though, and expect to see Bortles get some action in the 2nd half of the season.  It remains a situation to avoid in redraft fantasy leagues.

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Jaguars GM David Caldwell says the team has "moved on" from WR Justin Blackmon for this year.  "There are some unknowns there and you don't know how it's working," HC Gus Bradley added. "You don't want to shut it off. I was hoping it would be better than where it is going. We haven't heard much and it doesn't sound like it's going in the right direction. Like Dave said, we can't count on him."  It sounds like Blackmon is unlikely to be reinstated for the 2014 campaign.  His status beyond that remains uncertain.  Fantasy owners should remove Blackmon from their redraft cheat sheets, although he's still worth stashing in keeper and dynasty leagues.  Jacksonville bolstered its WR corps on Day 2 of the draft, adding Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.  Those rookies, plus Cecil Shorts, figure to serve as the Jags' top 3 WRs in 2014.  Either Blake Bortles or Chad Henne will be under center.  Look for a run-heavy attack in Jacksonville, led by RB Toby Gerhart.

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The Jaguars aren't planning to push rookie QB Blake Bortles into a starting job.  GM Dave Caldwell told ESPN's Britt McHenry that QB Chad Henne will open the 2014 season under center.  It's a smart strategy.  Bortles' game needs refinement, and Jacksonville still needs to add pieces around him on the offensive line and in the WR corps.  But the Jags are clearly sky-high on Bortles.  They used the 3rd overall pick on him and view him as a "once-in-a-lifetime player," according to McHenry.  And when Henne inevitably struggles, the calls for Bortles will be loud.  We're betting on the rookie seeing plenty of action in 2014.  He won't be more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy, though.

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The Jaguars have their new QB, selecting Blake Bortles with the 3rd overall pick of the draft.  Jacksonville certainly did a nice job keeping this pick under wraps.  Bortles has all the tools to emerge as a franchise signal caller.  He goes 6'5, 232 pounds with plenty of arm strength and athleticism.  The finer points of his game need work, though.  And he played against subpar competition at UCF.  Bortles is still the favorite to beat out QB Chad Henne for the Week 1 starting job, but he'll be nothing more than a low-end QB2 in redraft fantasy leagues.

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The Jaguars have traded QB Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers in exchange for a 6th-round pick.  We're surprised San Francisco would even be willing to give up a 6th rounder for him.  Gabbert has been a disaster since being selected by the Jaguars in the 1st round of the 2011 draft.  He sports a 53.3% completion rate with 22 TDs and 24 INTs.  He'll obviously slide in as the backup behind Colin Kaepernick and is off the fantasy radar.  The Jaguars, meanwhile, figure to head into 2014 with Chad Henne and a rookie atop the QB depth chart.

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1 year ago

The Jags re-signed QB Chad Henne to a 2-year deal worth $8 million.  HC Gus Bradley called the signing “very important.”  He also indicated that Henne is the likely Week 1 starter – even if Jacksonville drafts a QB 3rd overall.  Henne was average last year, tossing for 3,241 yards with 13 TDs and 14 INTs.  But he’s an experienced passer who knows OC Jedd Fisch’s offense.  The Jags certainly need to add weapons, and they could be eyeballing WR Sammy Watkins in May’s draft.  Even if Watkins lands in Jacksonville, though, Henne will remain a poor fantasy option.  We still expect the Jags to select a QB in the draft, but it's unlikely to happen in Round 1. 

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