Chad Henne Receives 1st-Team Reps After Blake Bortles Struggles vs. Buccaneers

Smith is impressed by how the Jaguars have been developing on their training camp

Smith is impressed by how the Jaguars have been developing on their training camp

The Jacksonville Jaguars are opening up their quarterback competition following Blake Bortles' bad performance in Thursday's preseason game. Even though the move had been planned beforehand, it surely created the appearance that Marrone and football czar Tom Coughlin are wavering in their commitment to Bortles. Although the Jaguars recently picked up Bortles' fifth-year option, which gives them his rights through the 2018 season, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be on the team that long.

The blasting of Bortles, who has been an underachieving turnover machine since being taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, has not been limited to just his teammates.

"It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense", Marrone began. And with reports of Bortles having a "tired arm" on top of all that, the feeling is that the Jaguars might be forced to make a change.

Bortles completed 8 of 13 passes for 65 yards in a 12-8 preseason loss to Tampa Bay and headed to the sideline after four possessions that ended with punts. He finished Thursday night 10-of-15 and had the Jags' lone touchdown pass, to fullback Marquez Williams. For what it's worth, Henne was 6-for-10 for 44 yards, hardly a huge upgrade. "I think you guys know how we feel about Blake", general manager Dave Caldwell said after the Jaguars failed to draft a quarterback.

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Jason Myers missed from 40 yards out, leaving him 1 for 4 on the season. Myers' extra-point attempt was no good.

The Jaguars will have the day off on Friday but will return to work this weekend. And much of his production has come at the end of games when the Jags were already beaten - garbage time, as they say. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards, and the Bucs moved up and down the field easily.

Jacksonville: Running back T.J. Yeldon injured his left hamstring and did not return. Later, during a team practice with the Bucs, Bortles frustrated All-Pro receiver Allen Robinson when he badly overthrew him in a drill.

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