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Blake Bortles was removed from his starting position for the Jacksonville Jaguars' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, and the quarterback is not downplaying the benching just because it came before an exhibition game.

Bortles had a decent season a year ago - throwing for 3,905 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, though he was criticized for putting up solid stats in "garbage time". "I was happy with the way both quarterbacks went about it". What happens after that is unclear, but losing your job to a journeyman is never a good thing. "Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position". Will Henne and Bortles alternate series?

"You only have a certain amount of time and then it's time to go", Bortles said.

"[Seeing] how well I thought that he handled that whole situation, so I think being able to see that definitely helped me in handling it".

With what we've seen from training camp and the preseason, Blake Bortles doesn't seem to have corrected the issues that have plagued him as a starter in the NFL. Bortles played in four drives, going 8-13 for 60 yards, with the team producing zero first downs and no points.

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Marrone said he "had enough information" to stay with Bortles.

As bad as Bortles has been in the last couple of years, the Jaguars are making a necessary move as the AFC South is fairly wide open and they are legitimately a quarterback away from contending out of that division.

Henne, who actually had the better preseason of the two, was believed by most to be the front-runner for the starting job, but it appears the staff felt differently.

Still, Marrone isn't ready to name his regular-season starter for September 10 at Houston just yet. Over the last three seasons, he has thrown for 11,241 passing yards, 69 touchdowns, and 51 interceptions. I'm not going to sit here and B.S. anyone. This is a huge blow to the salary cap for a player that has not shown an ability to help the team win games.

"I kind of understand this business after 10 years", Henne said Saturday afternoon before the Jaguars' practice at Daily's Place Flex Field adjacent to EverBank Field.



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