Before the draft started, most people expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade down or draft someone like Khalil Mack, Jake Matthews, or Sammy Watkins with the third overall pick before drafting a franchise quarterback in the second round in order to ensure that they snag a safe prospect. Instead, the Jags decided to draft Blake Bortles, who is often regarded as the most raw of the “big four” rookie QBs. David Caldwell is sold on Bortles, but the prudent Jaguars will move him along the right way instead of throwing him into the fire, as they are fully expected to start veteran stopgap guy Chad Henne this year before starting Bortles in the future once he’s given a chance to develop on the bench.
That mentality hasn’t changed in the weeks through the draft, but the most important thing to take away from the following confirmation is the fact that this doesn’t seem to be a smokescreen at all. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on SportsCenter, via Rotoworld, that the Jaguars would like to have Henne start in every single game next season.
Last year, Henne completed a modest 60.6% of his passes, but he had 14 interceptions compared to just 13 touchdowns and averaged a subpar 6.4 yards per attempt. He’s a second-string quarterback through-and-through, but the Jaguars would rather suffer through another bad season instead of rushing Bortles.