Blake Bortles will have to wait for his start at Jacksonville…
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to make a surprising selection, by retaining Chad Henne as their starting quarterback for the 2014 NFL season.
Jacksonville drafted Blake Bortles as the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft last month, but the Jaguars look set to stick with the man that led them to just four wins last season.
Bortles, 22, the highest drafted quarterback of this year’s draft, led the University of Central Florida to a maiden American Athletic Conference Championship and a shock upset victory over Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, for which he was voted MVP.
But his exploits will seemingly not earn him an instant start for the struggling Jaguars, who have not reached the NFL play-offs since 2007, and have not won a division title since 1999.
However, speaking on SportonEarth.com, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed his belief that the Jacksonville franchise are making the right decision in sticking with 28-year-old Henne.
“What they are doing has a lot of merit,” said Rodgers. “Some of these guys who are going to bad teams are expected to play well right away. It’s hard to do that. I’ve seen a couple guys able to do it. (Ben) Roethlisberger was able to do it. He had a team kind of around him. (Joe) Flacco had some success early but he had a team kind of in place. You go to a place that has some pieces and you can have some success early. But if you go to a team that doesn’t have the pieces … it can really mess with your confidence.”
Rodgers was famously left on the sideline for three seasons with Green Bay, playing second fiddle to the legendary Brett Favre after being a first-round pick. His time with Favre helped him become one of the greatest players in the world today, a fact emphasised by his Super Bowl ring and numerous NFL records.