Internet lights up Jags QB Blake Bortles for being bad


Blake Bortles, the third overall pick in 2014 and the team's starter since Week 4 of his rookie season, and Chad Henne will share first-team reps as Marrone searches for a starter before the season opener against Houston.

Bortles' numbers in Thursday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't awful.

The Jaguars may not know the name of their Week 1 starting quarterback. The Jags managed four first downs and got booed by the home crowd when Bortles badly underthrew a wide-open Allen Robinson in the seam. Henne's numbers weren't much better (6-of-10 for 44 yards), but he saw those two potential touchdown passes dropped in his work with the first-team offense. But hopefully you now understand why The Comeback's Brad Gagnon ranked Bortles the third-worst starting QB in the National Football League this season and the Jaguars the sixth-worst team.

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However, Jacksonville had the ball first and was able to start the game with a quick first down. Jason Myers then missed a field-goal attempt from 40 yards.

Henne entered the game with 2:41 left in the first half after Keelan Cole's 31-yard punt return.

Third-team quarterback Brandon Allen finished the game for the Jaguars, completing 10 of 15 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

Bortles had a wide open Allen Robinson, but severely under-threw the wideout.

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Rookie watch: Cole has had a great camp and seems a lock to make the team as the fifth or sixth receiver, but his end zone drop certainly hurts. Myers' extra-point attempt was no good.

Tampa Bay's second drive made it 9-0 on Nick Folk's 35-yard field goal and his 29-yard field goal stretched the lead to 12-0 midway through the second quarter. Tampa Bay outgained Jacksonville 240-59 in the first half with 16 first downs to the Jaguars' four.

The former Galveston Ball High School standout is on the verge of putting his name in the same company as Randy Moss and A.J. Green in becoming the only receivers in National Football League history to gain 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons going into his fourth year with the Bucs.

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