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Chad Henne and rookie Blake Bortles are sharing first-team reps at Organized Team Activities.

For example, during one practice this week, Henne handled 16 reps with the ones, while Bortles got 17. Ricky Stanzi and UDFA Stephen Morris shared the remaining nine. The Jaguars remain intent on starting Henne, but are using spring practices as a means to help Bortles learn. Barring Bortles blowing away team brass in exhibition games, Henne should still enter the season on a long leash.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed on SportsCenter the Jaguars want Chad Henne to start all 16 games this season.

The Jags want No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles to tote a clipboard as a rookie. "They do not want to put (Bortles) out there at all this season," Schefter insisted. "They want Henne to play, ideally, this entire season." The best way for the Jags to execute this plan would be to lean extremely heavily on their running game, and play competitive week-to-week defense. It will be tough, but certainly isn't out of the question if they can flirt with .500. It doesn't hurt that the Jags play in the league's weakest division. Toby Gerhart is going to be a bellcow back.

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Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell "insisted" to ESPN's Britt McHenry that Chad Henne will open the season as Jacksonville's starting quarterback.

The Jags drafted Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick, but don't see him as a pro-ready quarterback. Per McHenry, the Jags do view Bortles as a "once-in-a-lifetime player" who's clearly in need of development and learning to reach his potential. The Jaguars need to fortify their soft offensive line, and bolster a wideout corps currently topped by Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, and Mike Brown. In the meantime, they'll continue to throw journeyman Henne to the wolves. The Jaguars' approach to Bortles is inarguably unorthodox, but they at least seem to have a lucid long-term vision.

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Coach Gus Bradley told reporters Friday that he's planning on Chad Henne starting the Jaguars' 2014 opener.

Bradley said this would "probably" be the case even if Jacksonville selected a quarterback at No. 3 overall. We tend to agree, although recent signs point to the Jaguars passing on quarterbacks and targeting a pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack after the Texans and Rams draft. It's looking more and more as if the Jaguars will take an early- to mid-round QB stab rather than gamble on Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or Johnny Manziel.

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Jaguars re-signed QB Chad Henne to a two-year contract.

The Jaguars had expressed a desire to re-sign Henne since the season ended. Henne gives them a potential "bridge" quarterback should a rookie signal caller not be ready for the NFL. Henne, 29 in July, was one of the better options in a weak free-agent QB class. He started 13 games last season, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 14 picks.

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The Florida Times Union reports that the "expectation inside EverBank Field" is that the Jaguars re-sign free agent Chad Henne before Saturday.

Saturday is critical because that's when player reps can begin talking with other teams. Henne has been expected to remain in Jacksonville all along, but with free agency just five days away, it's possible he decides to see what he could get on the open market. Henne's near the top of a thoroughly underwhelming crop of QBs.

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Coach Gus Bradley gave free agent Chad Henne a lukewarm vote of confidence.

Bradley was asked about finding a franchise quarterback. "That's really difficult," he said. "I guess Chad Henne is ours, and he's our starter if we get him re-signed." The Jags hold the No. 3 overall pick, meaning Henne could very well be a mentor or bridge to a rookie. Blaine Gabbert will compete for a backup role.

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Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell expects to re-sign free agent Chad Henne before he hits the open market.

Specifically asked if he anticipated Henne reaching the open market, Caldwell said he "didn't think so." The sides plan to speak at the Combine. Henne is near the "top" of this year's free-agent quarterback class, but only because it's embarrassingly thin. The Jags are almost certainly hoping to re-sign Henne as a mentor for a first-round pick.

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Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Friday the only free agent he intends to "reach out to" before the market opens on March 11 is Chad Henne.

In other words, Caldwell won't even have words with Maurice Jones-Drew ahead of free agency. Henne is a backup-caliber quarterback and has proved that time and time again, but Jacksonville could retain him for a 2014 training camp battle with a rookie. If selected with the No. 3 overall pick, that rookie would surely enter the fall as the favorite to start over Henne.

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The Florida Times Union reports the "in-house feeling" is impending free agent Chad Henne will be offered a new contract by the Jaguars.

The Jaguars obviously aren't banking on having Henne start 13 games again like he did this season, but he'd be a serviceable backup. Blaine Gabbert will either be cut or traded, while the Jaguars address their starting quarterback situation via draft or free agency. Henne understands that.