If there is any quarterback controversy in Jacksonville Jaguars training camp it does not involve starter Blaine Gabbert.
Jaguars third string quarterback Jordan Palmer has outplayed presumed backup quarterback Chad Henne through the teams first two preseason games, but new Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said after practice on Sunday that Henne will remain Gabbert’s backup.
The situation is a far cry from what most “experts” believed would be Henne overtaking Gabbert at some point this preseason for the starting job, but the truth is Henne is playing more like the quarterback that the Miami Dolphins let walk because they didn’t see him having much of a future as a starting quarterback.
So far this preseason Henne has completed eight of his 18 passing attempts for 64 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Palmer has guided the Jaguars third string offense on two game winning drives late in the fourth quarter and has looked more comfortable in the offense. Palmer had a leg up on Henne when it came to learning the offense considering he played for new Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski with the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, the financial commitment the Jaguars made to Henne this offseason to make him their backup quarterback seems to dictate their desire to keep him on the team. The team handed him a two-year contract with a $3.375 million signing bonus, so releasing him before the season begins would be out of the question.
The Jaguars have not ruled out keeping three quarterbacks this season though, which means that Palmer still has a chance to make the team if he continues his impressive preseason performance.