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Blake Bortles opens up about getting benched in preseason

Blake Bortles opens up about getting benched in preseason”

A starter since the 2014 season as a rookie, Blake Bortles acknowledged after Thursday night's game against Carolina he was stunned after Coach Doug Marrone informed him of his demotion earlier this week to backup duty behind quarterback Chad Henne.

Henne started Thursday's exhibition game against the Panthers and had some decent moments, but the 10th-year pro also got sacked three times in the first half.

Bortles was 12 of 16 for 125 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Just a few years back, Bortles was anointed the face of the franchise after he was taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Khan said he is open to anything that his staff suggests would make the Jaguars a better team.

Marrone will be continuing his evaluation in the Carolina game, as the team announced that Bortles and Henne would be "splitting repetitions relatively evenly" with the first-team offense. "I think that one thing that I have said before - nothing is really status quo on the team, meaning you have to go out there and perform at every position, not just the quarterback position".

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"I felt like my decision making was good, for the most part", Henne said. I think that the ability to keep going on for me was going to stop the progress of the team.

Marrone made a decision to sit him down, albeit for a little more than a week. According to the team's announcement, Bortles has only been named the starter for the Jaguars' season opener and was not declaratively named the starting quarterback for the entire season.

Six days later, Marrone has seen enough, and it does not bode well for Bortles. Given that the third preseason game is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season, that sets Henne up to be Jacksonville's starter in Week 1, and beyond.

But this is one of his final chances and Bortles is at the end of the line here with the Jaguars.

As much promise as Bortles once showed, he's regressed since he was a garbage time, fantasy hero two seasons ago with over 30 touchdowns. I'm not going to sit here and B.S. anyone.



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