Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell made Blake Bortles his franchise quarterback when he selected him with the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Caldwell immediately made evident his intention to let Bortles sit and learn while Chad Henne took the reigns in 2014. Considered by most to be an adequate backup quarterback, Henne showed a little bit of life in 2013 when he helped the Jaguars go 4-4 over the last 8 games.
In a recent article (available for ESPN insiders), Mike Sando ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL with a 4-tier system. Unsurprisingly, guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees made up tier 1, and Chad Henne was part of tier 4. Somewhat encouragingly, Henne did rank 26th overall, in front of the likes of EJ Manuel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jake Locker.
26. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (4.15 average rating)
Lots of people loved Henne — as a backup. “He’ll have one good game and then have trouble repeating it,” one GM said.
No one is going to confuse Chad Henne for a franchise qaurterback, but he is an upper-level backup quarterback. His role in Jacksonville is to be the bridge until Bortles is ready to take over, and the likelihood is that will be some point in 2014.
– Daniel Lago