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Henne completed 12-of-17 passes for 130 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears.

Following a lousy preseason opener, Henne was rather efficient against the shaky Chicago defense. The Jags have indicated that they want Blake Bortles to sit on the bench for most -- if not all -- of the season. However, the rookie is looking good through two preseason games, while Henne lacks any sort of upside. Bortles is a long shot to start early in the year, but Henne still shouldn't be drafted with the expectation that he'll play 16 games, or even close to it.

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Henne completed four-of-seven passes for 30 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the Bucs.

Henne had a quiet quarter of drives, though the Jags did get into field-goal range twice, only to watch botched shotgun snaps end both drives. According to WFTV's Joe Kepner, Henne bore at least some of the responsibility for the pair of failed snaps. The Jags were without Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Mike Brown (hamstring) and Ace Sanders (personal), leaving Henne with little to work with besides second-round rookie Marqise Lee. Though the Jags started to move the ball better once Blake Bortles entered the game, Henne is widely expected to open the regulars season as the starter, even if he's outplayed this preseason. Of course, that could change if the first-team offense continues to looks this bad.

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Chad Henne has been given the green light to audible as much as he wants.

Now in his second year in OC Jedd Fisch's scheme, Henne is getting plenty of leash. "If we have to throw it every down because they're giving so many guys at the line of scrimmage, we'll throw it," said the veteran bridge to Blake Bortles. Henne gets a little boost with the addition of Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, but this is still a backup-caliber player operating a ball-control offense. Even owners in two-QB leagues should be aiming higher.

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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.