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Jaguars quarterbacks are set, but we can talk about them anyway

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As we move through the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive position groups, I'm a little busy today so I'm just going to knock out this really easy one for you. The quarterback position. It's basically set and there is very minimal variance to the position group, which to be honest should be the same for a lot of the offensive position groups.

So, lets talk about Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.


Returning player(s): Blake Bortles, Chad Henne
New player(s): Brandon Allen, Max Wittek
Outgoing player(s):
Bubble player(s): Brandon Allen, Max Wittek

Obvious, Blake Bortles is your starter and Chad Henne is going to be your primary backup. There's not much to really discuss there. Henne is one of the better backups in the NFL, despite what people think, but in reality if Bortles goes down for multiple games, they're screwed anyway.

After those two it can get a little interesting because the team has publicly floated the idea they might keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. I personally don't think they will, but maybe rookie Brandon Allen can force his way there with a strong training camp and preseason. I don't really know much about Max Wittek outside of he was hyped a bit when he was at USC, but I'm going to guess he's just a camp arm.

As far as keeping Allen on the 53-man roster, a lot of people seem to think he will instantly get claimed when he's cut. The reality is though, Allen is likely going to be in the last wave of cuts and at that time, teams aren't going to be willing to claim a player and spend time developing them, especially at the quarterback position. Claiming a player also means they have to be on your active roster for a number of weeks during the regular season, so it also means a team is either carrying Allen as their primary backup, or they're rolling with three active quarterbacks for multiple games.

The more likely scenario is Allen ends up on the practice squad with an eye to be a potential long term backup to Bortles.