Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will start opener

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone decided on his starting quarterback - at the least for the season opener - pegging Blake Bortles to start Week 1 against the Houston Texans on September 10.

The announcement Saturday morning comes two days after the Jaguars started Chad Henne in their third preseason game and a little more than a week after Marrone opened up the job up for competition. Henne completed 8 of 14 passes for 73 yards. His breakthrough 2015 season - in which he threw for more than 4,000 yards and balanced his 18 interceptions with 35 touchdowns - now looks like a mirage. The Jaguars had planned to keep Bortles on ice for his entire rookie season before starting him in Year 2, but instead pushed him into the lineup after falling down 30-0 at halftime of their Week 3 contest. "I think we have to get ready". He has looked clueless at times during training camp and the team's first two preseason games. "I think that one thing that I have said before - nothing is really status quo on the team, meaning you have to go out there and perform at every position, not just the quarterback position". That stats back up the fact that Bortles is the more mobile quarterback and could help to extend plays with his legs.

Now he's going to make his 46th consecutive start, and it will come against a Houston defense that has sacked him 24 times in six games - all Jaguars' losses.

The situation they're in, sadly, is one in which they are the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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"Blake has the ability to extend plays for us, which I think is going to be helpful in what we have to get done", Marrone said.

For Henne's part, he will likely play only until the Jags can figure out what else they want to do at quarterback.

Still, Marrone isn't ready to name his regular-season starter for September 10 at Houston just yet. He also threw an interception that was returned 48 yards and set up a touchdown in the third quarter. "Yeah, he had flaws here and there, but at the end of the day I feel like he can go out there and make it happen".

Marrone said he hadn't decide whether or not he would play Bortles in the preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

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