Jacksonville Jaguars have 13th best backup QB situation
Even though it won’t matter much if he has to play significant time, Chad Henne isn’t a bad backup quarterback.
Perhaps the most enviable position in the world of employed adulthood is backup quarterback to an established starter in the National Football League. If you’re lucky enough to be second string to a guy who never gets injured, you can carve out a long career and make a sizable chunk of money without ever having to go on the field and potentially make a fool of yourself (Jim Sorgi had a notorious 6-year run in Indianapolis as Peyton Manning’s backup).
The Jacksonville Jaguars are hopefully in a similar situation now with Blake Bortles established as the team’s franchise quarterback and Henne as the veteran backup. The Jaguars are at least fortunate enough to have seen Henne play a reasonable number of games and know what they have in the former Michigan product if Bortles ever goes down (a decent backup who can hold down the fort if need be).
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ESPN writer Field Yates believes Chad Henne’s presence gives the Jaguars the
13th best backup quarterback situation in the NFL
"13. Jacksonville JaguarsThe development of starter Blake Bortles has been aided by Chad Henne, a former second-round pick who gives the Jags a stable option behind their franchise signal-caller. Brandon Allen is a rookie sixth-round pick who intrigued personnel evaluators."
An article like this comes out every offseason and the one thing that’s always worth pointing out is that this list is ultimately meaningless. If a team loses their starting quarterback, they are almost assuredly out of playoff contention. There are a handful of exceptions and anomalies (Tom Brady taking over for Drew Bledsoe, Kurt Warner taking over for Trent Green, etc.) but a franchise generally only goes as far as their quarterback takes them.
Hopefully we won’t see Henne take a meaningful snap in 2016, but at least we won’t be completely hopeless if he does have to fill in for a short time.