When Blaine Gabbert went down with an injury this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars started Chad Henne and never looked back. The Jaguars, though, are in desperate need of an upgrade at quarterback, and it will be interesting to see who they end up targeting as their franchise quarterback. Selecting somebody in the 2014 NFL Draft is the most likely way to snag a franchise-type QB, since it’s obvious that Gabbert is a bust and Henne isn’t more than a stopgap solution.
But Henne wants to return to the Jaguars even if he is just a backup to a franchise-type QB, as ESPN NFL Nation’s Michael DiRocco reports that Henne wants to return to the Jaguars. He’s on an expiring contract, and there are some who believe that the Jaguars will simply let him walk. Even though he throws too many interceptions, he has arm talent and is a useful veteran backup to the Jaguars next starter at the position. DiRocco also adds that he “would welcome competing” against any quarterback for the starting job, though “competing” is about the closest Henne should get to starting for the Jaguars again.
In 2013, Henne threw 14 interceptions to just 13 touchdowns, but there are quarterbacks who averaged less than his 6.4 yards per attempt and 60.6% completion percentage. Those are subpar totals as well, but Henne isn’t an awful option. He clearly shouldn’t be starting anytime soon, but he’s a quality backup who has more use to the Jaguars than Gabbert at this point.