Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks


The quarterback position is the one position for the Jacksonville Jaguars that fans have not only paid the most attention to, but also one that they’ve scrutinized the most.

Somehow, general manager Dave ‘The General’ Caldwell pulled off the trade of the year during the offseason in which he obtained a 2014 sixth-round NFL draft pick for quarterback Blaine Gabbert. That pick was used to draft their possible starter of the future at center in Luke Bowanko.

Currently, the team has four quarterbacks under contract in Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Stephen Morris and Ricky Stanzi. It would not surprise me if the team decided to keep all four of them under contract in 2014… three on the active roster and one on the practice squad.

When it comes to the depth chart at the beginning of the regular season, I think it’s pretty clear that Henne will be the starter allowing Bortles to sit behind him and learn as much information as he can in a non-pressure environment. However, when I think about the depth chart at this position come Week 8 or 9… I have a feeling that if the Jaguars are already out of playoff contention, that could be the perfect time for the team to let Bortles get a few NFL starts under his belt.

Then, you’ve got Morris and Stanzi.

Stanzi has been with the team for a few years but hasn’t really done anything to ‘wow’ the coaching staff. Morris on the other hand, while going undrafted, is very familiar with the Jaguars’ offense and offensive coordinator as Jedd Fisch served as the offensive coordinator during a few of Morris’ years at the University of Miami.

Keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster will be a decision that is left up to head coach Gus Bradley and the rest of the coaching staff, as will who the third man will be which would likely come down to who has a better training camp.

If they end up keeping three, the fourth will likely end up on the practice squad. If not, well, Morris and Stnzi will have a one-on-one competition for that practice squad spot.

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