Blake Bortles Named Jaguars Starting QB over Chad Henne

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has named Blake Bortles the starting QB for the regular season opener against Houston on September 10, the team announced Saturday morning on Twitter.

You could make the argument that Bortles outplayed Henne against Carolina, though he played with Jacksonville's first-stringers late into the game against the Panthers' second- and third-teams.

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Bortles delivered his best outing of the preseason, finishing with a touchdown and an interception while keeping several plays alive with his legs. All that is left are four quarters on Thursday, during which Bortles can earn back his starting job or find himself starting the season on the bench or elsewhere. Myers missed three field-goal attempts and an extra point in Jacksonville's first two preseason games, prompting the Jaguars to bring in veteran Dan Carpenter and Patrick Murray for workouts last weekend. Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He was happy to hear the news saying that, "I think any time you get named the starter it's a cool feeling". "They're teammates, one. They're supporting of each other". The Jaguars are planning to start rookie Cam Robinson at left tackle and are undecided at left guard.

"You've got to go out there and perform at every position, not just the quarterback position", Marrone said. "I think no one really hurt themselves as far as the practice goes, which I pretty much expected". "Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position".

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Marrone said the offensive line's performance factored into the decision to shift the more mobile Bortles back into the starting role. "Like I said before, a lot of times I don't like to make quick decisions".

This move doesn't necessarily mean Blake Bortles won't be the opening day starter in Jacksonville, but typically, week three of the preseason is a dress rehearsal for week one. "I'm going to do everything I can to help this team win and play as hard as I possibly can so I don't have to go through that again".

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Jacksonville's final preseason game is against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

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