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Henne and Bortles largely ineffective for Jaguars Thursday

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If Thursday’s night’s third preseason game with Carolina was supposed to be where Chad Henne took charge of the Jaguars starting QB job, then consider it still open.

Henne was unable to spark the Jaguars the way coach Doug Marrone hoped in the aftermath of their poor performance in game two against the Buccaneers. After an initial possession where they had a false start, a Henne one yard completion to a tight end and blindside sack ending it, they went nowhere also on possession #2.

That is until, Marrone and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis went to a fake punt and up-back Corey Grant ran 51 yards to set them up in scoring position. Eventually, the Panthers committed a personal foul and defensive holding in the end zone to set up a Chris Ivory one yard  TD run.

Henne only threw for 30 yards on his first six completions before finally hitting Allen Robinson on this 39 yard big throw late in the first half.

Theat throw gave a stat line on Henne of 8-14 for 73 yards. Hardly overwhelming numbers to make a case that he should definitely be the guy moving forward.

To further muddy the starting quarterback debate though, embattled Blake Bortles was no better.

Starting the second half with first teamers, the former third overall pick equally did little with a three and out and then, a possession where offensive coordinator Nate Hackett called one handoff after another for a couple of first downs and a punt.

And on his third possession Bortles looked to have hit Allen Hurns with a first down gaining completion over the middle, only to have a Panther Zack Sanchez take the ball from Hurns on the way to the ground and race 48 yards the other way inside the Jacksonville five yard line. Check the bizarre’ play out, here:

 

Carolina punched it in for a TD right after that to lead 16-10.

Bortles moved the ball with the Jaguars starters still in against the Panthers second and third teamers late in the third, and early for the fourth. He found backup WR Shane Wynn for a four yard TD that gave the crowd a roar, but we’re not sure that means much in the decision making process. They later added another TD against all backups for the Panthers to pad Bortles’ stats.

So, it’s worst case scenario for Marrone, as neither QB played particularly well, and more to the point, his first team offensive line looked bad most of the night. No matter who’s behind center, that’s a big problem.

And, the QB debate in North Florida still is one, too.

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