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Blake Bortles to be Jaguars backup quarterback

The Jaguars plan to start Chad Henne to begin the season, but Blake Bortles will be the primary backup.

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While the headline to this post will undoubtedly draw a "Duh" from most, the fact of Blake Bortles being the No. 2 quarterback has actually been a point of contention. The team wants to take it slow with Bortles and there was some thought that he might not even be active on gameday for the Jaguars, as to not rush him in even if something happens.

According to general manager Dave Caldwell, it's not necessarily the case.

Caldwell told the pool of print reporters on Friday morning that Bortles indeed would be the No. 2 quarterback for the Jaguars and that he'd like to carry three quarterbacks total, be it on the active roster or on the practice squad. Interestingly enough, both Ricky Stanzi and Stephen Morris have elibility, Stanzi the suprise of those two.

This means that if Chad Henne happens to go down in Week 1 of the regular season, the Jaguars would reluctantly move forward with Bortles as their starting quarterback, as they should. Some thought that potentially the Jaguars would roll out Ricky Stanzi as their starter, rather than throw Bortles to the fire, but that's not the case.

This would be a nightmare scenario for Caldwell at the moment however, because as of right now they don't feel Bortles is ready to start.

That feeling could be different a month from now, however.