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Jaguars Announce That Rookie QB Blake Bortles Will Start Next Week

 

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley told reporters following Sunday’s loss to the Colts that first-round pick QB Blake Bortles will be the team’s starter next week when they take on the San Diego Chargers.

Bortles took over for veteran Chad Henne to start the second half and went on to throw for 223 yards, two TDs and two INTs while completing 14 of 24 passing attempts.

Jacksonville had maintained for several months now that Henne was going to be the team’s starter for the entire 2014 season, while Bortles sat and developed. However, Henne’s struggles were so apparent that they had to give the rookie a shot.

Henne, 29, signed a two-year, $8 million contract that included $4.5 million guaranteed with the Jaguars back in March. He has base salaries of $1.5 million (2014) and $3.5 million (2015) remaining on his contract, but he could stick around as the team’s backup quarterback and finish out his contract.