Chad Henne picked to start Jags' next preseason game over Blake Bortles

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He's fighting for a starting job with journeyman quarterback Chad Henne, and according to some, the third overall pick of the 2014 draft is losing that fight. It's just simple. I'm not going to try to make this thing complicated. He's made 22 starts for the Jags, but none since Bortles took over in September 2014. He has only played one regular season snap in the last two years combined. To alternate series with the first team on Thursday night?

"I'm not going to sit here and say how much ground he's gained. Like I said, I feel like I have a very good plan for myself and then I'll make the quarterbacks aware of it when we get closer to the game".

"I think [Henne] deserves that opportunity", Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the team's 12-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "We're not going to play any games (about the announcement as to the starter), that we'll get it out to our local people".

The struggles have continued into 2017 for Blake Bortles. After 53 career starts and appearances in 65 games, Henne has 58 touchdowns, 63 interceptions and has completed 59.3 percent of his passes. Newton's throwing shoulder was sore throughout most of training camp but he did look sharp making some intermediate throws in team drills yesterday.

Because of Bortles' unimpressive work in practices, Marrone gave Henne several drives with the first-team offense against the Bucs.

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This is a team that recently hit paydirt with free agent Malik Jackson, signing him away from the Broncos and watching him ably anchor the defensive line in 2016.

The Jaguars putting Bortles on waivers would be the most likely scenario of the two moves. The Jaguars picked up Bortles' fifth-year option in May, but it's only guaranteed for injury, which means the only way Jacksonville would have to pay up before moving on is if he failed to pass a physical next year.

Henne, the 32-year-old former Miami Dolphins backup quarterback, has a legitimate chance to unseat the younger and taller Bortles, who should be heading into his prime, instead of worrying about a 2008 second round pick taking his starting spot.

If he falters, Henne will probably receive an unconventional promotion to the top of the depth chart.

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