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What does the signing of Nassib mean?
Not what a lot of fans hope. Nassib wasn't signed to compete with Blake Bortles and Chad Henne to be the starting quarterback. Coach Doug Marrone said Nassib is injury insurance because Bortles has been dealing with a sore right wrist through the first two weeks of the season. Until Monday, the Jaguars had only two quarterbacks on the active roster and none on the practice squad, and Marrone wanted to have a third quarterback in case Bortles were unable to play. That would have left Henne as the team's only quarterback option, and if he were to be hurt the Jaguars would have been forced to use their emergency quarterback (likely receiver Marqise Lee).
Maybe the nine-day competition was good for quarterback Blake Bortles.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Bortles has been very good in practice during the three-day stretch since being renamed the starter on Saturday morning. So good, in fact, that Marrone said he has never seen Bortles better.
"I think he's doing a nice job," Marrone said Monday afternoon. "I really do. For me, personally, it's the best I've seen him."
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Marrone added that Bortles seems more relaxed and his footwork is better than it was before Marrone opened up the competition, the story said.
Blake Bortles is again what he was 10 days ago:
The Jaguars’ starting quarterback.
Bortles, who started the Jaguars’ last 45 regular-season games before Head Coach Doug Marrone opened up the position following an August 17 preseason loss to Tampa Bay, will start the team’s 2017 regular-season opener at Houston on September 10.
The team announced the decision early Saturday morning.
Chad Henne started the Jaguars’ preseason loss to Carolina Thursday, playing five first-half series with the first-team offense. Bortles played five second-half series behind the first-team offensive line with many second-team skill-position players in the game.
Henne completed eight of 14 passes for 73 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Henne didn't play particularly well in his audition to be the starter, so the Jaguars are going to go with Bortles in Week 1. Despite back-to-back top 10 finishes, he's a very dicey draft pick given the uncertainty.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has a tentative plan for his quarterbacks during Thursday night's preseason game against Carolina but he won't be announcing a final decision until Wednesday night.
Marrone opened up the competition after Bortles turned in another lackluster performance in last Thursday night's 12-8 loss to Tampa Bay. Bortles completed 8 of 13 passes for 65 yards but he twice missed receiver Allen Robinson on deep passes. He slightly overthrew Robinson down the sideline and another pass to a wide-open Robinson was badly underthrown. Bortles also badly threw behind Robinson on an in route. Henne completed 6 of 10 passes for 44 yards against the Bucs. His first throw was a strike to Keelan Cole in the end zone that Cole dropped. Robinson also dropped a touchdown pass later that possession.
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette expects to be ready for Jacksonville's season opener. So does receiver Marqise Lee. Fournette and Lee spoke Saturday for the first time since being sidelined by injuries a week ago and expressed confidence they would play in the Sept. 10 opener at Houston.
"I'm very confident," Fournette said. "There's nothing to worry about."
The fourth overall pick in the NFL draft was shut down last Sunday with a left foot injury that coach Doug Marrone called a "nagging issue." Fournette said he didn't know what caused the pain. "I've never had a foot or toe injury or anything like that," he said. "But they're doing a great job with rehabbing. I think it's going pretty good."
Fournette missed parts of his junior season at LSU because of a sprained left ankle, but he said his latest injury has nothing to do with that setback.
Lee fell to the ground during a passing drill last Sunday and immediately grabbed his right leg. Lee's lower leg was immobilized before he was taken off the field on a cart. He was diagnosed with a badly sprained ankle.
Lee spent several days in a walking boot and used a crutch, but ditched those in the last few days. He said the next step is to start running again.
"I'm pretty confident I'll be fine," Lee said. "I can't make a move without the trainers and the coaches. It's their decision, but I'm going to go ahead and jump in: I think I'll be fine by Game 1. Doing everything possible to be ready by Game 1. That's all I really can control. So I'm just going to do that."
Fournette is the odds-on favorite to lead all rookie running backs in fantasy points. The last eight running backs drafted in the top 10 that saw at least 200 carries (in their rookie season) averaged 308 touches for 1484 yards and 9.8 touchdowns, for a PPR average of 240 fantasy points. The Jaguars are going to run Fournette early and often. VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said that the team drafted Fournette “to put the ball in the end zone.”
Lee emerged in his third season as the #2 receiving threat in Jacksonville, turning 105 targets into 63 catches for 851 yards and three touchdowns en route to a #42 finish in PPR formats. He could progress into the top 30 if he continues to improve as a receiver, but the Jaguars have drafted (Leonard Fournette) with the intent to run the ball more, and that may negatively impact Lee’s workload.
"Chad Henne going into game with first-team offense. Pre-planned we're told," was the tweet from the Florida Times-Union.
Blake Bortles, a constant Twitter goat through training camp with constant reporters of practice interceptions, could have had at least one picked Thursday night against Tampa Bay, before finishing with only 65 yards on 8-of-13 passing.
Chad Henne entered the game late in the 2nd quarter with the starters.
The fact that Henne was even out there with the starters in the second preseason game shows Blake Bortles' job is not safe under a new coaching staff. If you watched the game, Bortles was worse than his pedestrian numbers even show, at one time underthrowing a wide open Allen Robinson downfield. Meanwhile, Henne had two passes for would-be touchdowns dropped by his receivers, including Robinson. However, Robinson's eight first half targets are certainly notable.
The Jaguars’ season will hinge on whether quarterback Blake Bortles has made improvements in four key areas: turnovers, pocket awareness, decision-making, and accuracy. Those are more important than any of his mechanical issues, which he worked on extensively during the offseason. Bortles leads the NFL in turnovers (63) since he entered the league, and his career completion percentage is only 58.8 percent, and that’s not good enough.
He has to show significant progress during the joint practices with the Patriots and Buccaneers and the preseason games. The Jaguars drafted Leonard Fournette and are committed to running the ball to take pressure off Bortles, who has averaged 37 pass attempts per game in his three-year career, but he must stop holding the offense back or this will be his final year in Jacksonville.
The story said Bortles is the starter, but if he continues to turn the ball over and can’t move the offense consistently, coach Doug Marrone may go to either veteran Chad Henne or 2016 sixth-round pick Brandon Allen. Which one will likely depend on when the move is made. If the team is still in the AFC South race, it likely would be Henne, who hasn’t thrown a pass since Week 3 of the 2014 season.
Tennessee will be in Jacksonville to face the 2-11 Jaguars in the final Thursday night game of the year. The Titans have already beaten the Jaguars once, so another win this week would guarantee they finish ahead of Jacksonville and that they will pick no higher than second once the first round gets underway.
There’s a chance that they’ll be facing Chad Henne instead of Blake Bortles in that contest. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars coach Gus Bradley deemed Bortles questionable for that game because of a sprain in the middle of his right foot.
As the story says, Bortles played every snap in Sunday’s 20-12 loss to the Ravens and absorbed eight sacks on the way to defeat, but it wasn’t immediately apparent during the game that he suffered an injury. He’s been on the injury report in recent weeks, perhaps because of the 46 overall sacks the team’s allowed since he took over for Henne earlier this season, but not because of a foot issue.
Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.
The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:20pm
There was a time not long ago that no football team ran plays out of the pistol formation. In fact, there was no such thing until longtime Nevada coach Chris Ault designed the formation about a decade ago.
Now the pistol is everywhere, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' playbook.
With Chad Henne first and now Blake Bortles, the Jaguars have used the pistol formation plenty, but the most successful play has been the strong left motion 3 wide pistol zone stretch — a running play that isn't easy to defend.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took notice of the difference between Bortles and Henne heading the pistol.
“They do some shotgun and pistol-like plays, some quarterback keeps and zone read stuff that really slows you down a little bit defensively,” Tomlin said. “Or at the very least it makes you acknowledge some of the responsibility football associated with some of that multi-dimensional offensive attacks like that.”
As the story points out, in the pistol formation, the quarterback lines up 4 yards behind the center, which is much closer than the 7-yard setback in a traditional shotgun formation. The running back lines up 3 yards directly behind the quarterback at tailback. The pistol is used for a number of reasons: It makes the defense defend both sides of the formation. It can spread the field by formation. It can use the quarterback as a runner. It can use the quick passing game to keep defenders out of the box. It's becoming a more popular formation in the NFL because it can freeze defenses with a mix of downhill rush plays and wide-open passing from the same formation.
Being outscored by 78 points pointed out the obvious for the Jacksonville Jaguars: A change at quarterback was needed.
After losing 34-17 and 41-10 in Weeks 1 and 2, and facing a 30-0 halftime deficit in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars finally made the decision to bench Chad Henne and make the move to first-round pick Blake Bortles.
It's also time for Bortles to take over the starting gig from here on out. Head coach Gus Bradley said after the game that despite the rookie's up-and-down game, he had seen enough from Bortles (14-of-24 passing, 223 yards, two TDs, two INTs) to announce that he'd be starting next week against the San Diego Chargers.
It was only a matter of time... Bortles sparked the offense a bit after the change and at least put up nice fantasy numbers in mop-up time of a blowout loss to the Colts. Bortles can now grow with what is a very young group of WRs like Marquis Lee, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Cecil Shots. He'll likely have a lot of chances to throw the ball a lot with a running game that can't seem to get going. He'll at least have QB2 value going forward.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored 75-10 since jumping out to a surprising 17-0 halftime lead at Philadelphia in the season opener.
Although the offense has ground to a halt, coach Gus Bradley said Monday, via The Florida Times-Union, Chad Henne will remain the starting quarterback for this week's game versus the Indianapolis Colts.
"There's going to be some changes," Bradley added, per the team's official Twitter feed. "If you're asking solely on the quarterback, that hasn't come up. ... Right now, Chad Henne's our starter."
Bradley told reporters that Henne has played well, but it's been a challenge to grade his performance with 14 sacks through two games.
It seems like it's only a matter of time before the team turns to Blake Bortles at QB - whether Henne is to blame for 10 points in the last game and a half or not. WR Allen Hurns is a question mark as is WR Cecil Shorts so the team could be looking at Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson starting this week. And the line hasn't opened many holes for RB Toby Gerhart so it's an offense to stay away from in terms of fantasy football.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was 10-of-16 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown Friday night against the Lions. That pushes his preseason totals to 28-of-44 for 435 yards and a touchdown, or a passer rating of 103.9.
Nevertheless, head coach Gus Bradley said after the game that Chad Henne will start the opener, per Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Depending how competitive the Jaguars are during Henne's starts will determine how long he holds the job. The writing is on the wall. We expect that Bortles will be under center at some point this season.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:49pm
QB Blake Bortles finally took his long-awaited reps with the Jaguars’ first-team offense on Monday.
It didn’t last long.
Bortles took three snaps during an 11-on-11 red zone period and coach Gus Bradley said he was pleased with the way the rookie quarterback handled himself. That was just as important as the result of the plays.
"I think the speed of the game, it was good for him to see that," Bradley said. "I was sitting back there and I thought it was really good for him to go against the ones like that to get a feel for the speed, to get a feel for the rush.
"Sitting back there and watching it, I just felt like that was good for him."
It's a start for Bortles who is still fully expected to sit behind Chad Henne once the season starts.
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