The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently engaged in a quarterback competition between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, but that competition is now over.
The Jaguars announced on Thursday that Gabbert will be the starting quarterback on Saturday when they take on the New York Jets in their second preseason game. This will be Gabbert’s second consecutive preseason start and is a sign that the team is heavily leaning towards naming him the starter for the regular season.
Many believed that Henne played well enough in the first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins to earn a start this weekend, but as the Jaguars continued to split the first team reps in practice this week he has yet to do anything to separate himself from the competition. At this point it appears that Henne needs to show the Jaguars coaching staff that he is a significantly better option than Gabbert if he wants a chance to start.
For those who have been paying attention to what new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has been doing this offseason, it should not be a surprise that Gabbert is going to win this competition. The Jaguars added a bunch of pieces this offseason to give Gabbert, who is only 23-years old, one last chance to show he is capable of being a franchise quarterback.
Nobody is mistaking the Jaguars for a playoff contender in 2013, so the best bet for them is to give the guy with the potential upside a chance to live up to his lofty draft status. If Gabbert fails, then the Jaguars can move on and draft a quarterback in a 2014 draft that is expected to be deep at the position. Henne has no future with the Jaguars beyond the 2013 season, so playing him would almost be a complete waste of time.
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