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Preseason 'could be' the last you'll see of Blake Bortles in 2014

Thursday night could be Bortles final game of the 2014 season.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan for quarterback Blake Bortles has been in place since before the team drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley laid out a plan that would not require whatever quarterback they picked to play their rookie season, and it appears they're prepared to execute that plan.

"It could be," Bradley told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Thursday night's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons could be the last time he sees the field for the 2014 season.

"I haven’t talked to him about it. I just say ‘hey, continue to prepare. You’re a play away," Bradley said. "You have to have that mindset like that. Just keep working and sitting in those meetings, take good notes.’ But I don’t know, we haven’t talked that much about it. It’s been mostly this game, capture it and perform well in practice."

Bortles play in the preseason has ignited the debate on when he should be inserted into the starting lineup, especially given the fact that he's outplayed Chad Henne thus far in the preseason, including with first team snaps against the Detroit Lions.

The team has still maintained that Henne will be the team's starting in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles and barring injury that doesn't look like it's going to change. The team hasn't set a timetable on when Bortles will start however, just vaguely referring to it being when he's "ready".