The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback situation can be described as many things, but what it is not is clear or defined.
With the inadequate Blake Bortles still struggling to find his form, the Jags have opened up a competition this week between he and Chad Henne. And, while it’s great that they finally are challenging Bortles, are they using the wrong guy to do so?
Brandon Allen is waiting in the wings behind both and may just be the right guy for the job.
Allen is coming into his second year into the league after being drafted in the 6th round out of Arkansas. And, he showed promise late against the Bucs on Thursday night completing his first eight passes and finishing 10 of 15 for 144 yards and scrambled three times for 27 yards.
The fullback has hands! 👐
— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2017
Though it was against mostly third string players, he was able to show mobility and some consistency.
Overall for the preseason, Allen is 15 of 22 for 229 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.6 passer rating. While, he isn’t a big name nor a high draft pick but he is something different and maybe that’s just what this team needs.
The Jags drafted Leonard Fournette over a QB to establish to solid rushing attack to then open up the passing game. Allen operated a run first offense that would then hit you with the play action at Arkansas under Coach Bret Bielema.
While Allen probably won’t be the man behind center week one, he certainly could be before or after the week 8 Bye week.
The Jags know exactly what they have in both Bortles and Henne. Now they need to see what Allen has before they go with another QB in next season’s draft.
When you miss on your quarterback at the top of the draft it sets your franchise behind for years to come.
Before the Jags hit another hard reset, they should take a step back and see what they have in house before making another franchise altering selection.