After another dismal preseason performance, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles may not have only lost his starting job, but he may have lost his spot on the roster as well.
In a column, The Florida-Times Union reporter Ryan O’Halloran hinted that the Jaguars may release Bortles, who was selected third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, two picks before reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack was taken.
What now for Bortles? If the Jaguars decide this week that [Chad] Henne is Their Guy, they should not play Bortles in the preseason finale at Atlanta. That should be Brandon Allen’s game. They can’t take the risk of Bortles sustaining an injury that puts them on the hook for next year’s $19 million salary (guaranteed only for injury). It would make perfect sense for the Jaguars to cut Bortles. His 2017 salary is guaranteed but that would create a roster spot for an extra player or for a third quarterback they can use the season to look at in practice. What a rapid fall for No. 5
After seemingly taking a step forward in 2015, Bortles regressed last year and was only effective in garbage time, long after the game was over. At first, it seemed that Bortles would still be the starter entering 2016, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone informed Blake Bortles and Chad Henne that there is now a QB competition for the No. 1 spot in Jacksonville.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 18, 2017
Last night, Bortles looked completely lost. He missed a wide open Allen Robinson on a potential game-breaking play and underthrew him again later in the game. In face, his only highlight was avoid a sack from Gerald McCoy by flipping the ball to T.J. Yeldon.
Chad Henne stepped in with the rest of the first-offense, which was reportedly predetermined, and played better than Bortles, although rookie Brandon Allen was the game’s true star. Marrone is reportedly also open to Allen getting the starting gig.
With the quarterback situation this bad before the season even begins, Jacksonville will likely be in the market for a new signal caller. Even if Henne or Allen fail to capitalize on the chance to become a starter, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jaguars sign Colin Kaepernick as a stop-gap as they prepare to find their new signal caller in a 2018 draft class that is loaded with talent at quarterback.