After putting Blake Bortles on notice this preseason, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced Saturday morning that Bortles will be the team’s starting quarterback Week 1 against the Texans.
Despite the benching, Bortles is expected to get repetitions with the first-team offense, and the two quarterbacks will share a similar snap count.
Henne, a 10-year veteran, started 22 games for the Jaguars from 2012-2014. He went 6 of 10 for 44 yards and was the victim of two end-zone drops in last Thursday’s 12-8 loss to the Buccaneers.
Bortles is 11 of 18 for 81 yards through two preseason games and his struggles throwing the ball deep haven’t improved. Bortles was just 4 of 31 last season on passes of 25 yards or more. His worst throw of the night in last week’s game was a badly underthrown ball to a wide-open Allen Robinson.
If neither quarterback impresses Thursday, the Jaguars could look elsewhere. Rumors surfaced this week that they are interested in former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The Dolphins set the safety market on fire this offseason for Jones with a $12 million-per-year contract for their 29-year-old safety. Jones has missed 14 games over the last three seasons, including 10 games last year. Most players at his age coming off a six-game season would have about 60 percent of this number, so Miami really stuck its neck out to make its safety happy.