The Jacksonville Jaguars have given Blake Bortles the key to the family car. There is no real competition from free agency or the 2017 NFL Draft. Heck, they’re not even bringing in an undrafted free agent.
Bortles’ competition is Chad Henne and Brandon Allen — and if that (in addition to Leonard Fournette and Cam Robinson as your top two draft picks) doesn’t mean job security, I don’t know what does.
But in the unlikely event Bortles goes down with a freak injury or plays himself out of the job, Eric Single from Sports Illustrated has ranked all 32 backup quarterback situations and the Jaguars are the ninth-best situation in case the starter goes down.
No, really. Check it out here:
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
2. Matt Moore, Dolphins
3. Trevor Siemian/Paxton Lynch, Broncos
4. Colt McCoy, Redskins
5. Deshaun Watson, Texans
6. AJ McCarron, Bengals
7. T.J. Yates/Cardale Jones/Nathan Peterman, Bills
8. Mitchell Trubisky/Mike Glennon, Bears
9. Chad Henne, Jaguars
10. Geno Smith, Giants
11. Drew Stanton, Cardinals
12. Kevin Hogan/Brock Osweiler/DeShone Kizer, Browns
13. Chase Daniel, Saints
14. Derek Anderson, Panthers
15. Nick Foles, Eagles
16. Ryan Mallett, Ravens
17. Case Keenum, Vikings
18. Matt Barkley/CJ Beathard, 49ers
19. Bryce Petty/Christian Hackenberg, Jets – special Jets category
20. Landry Jones/Josh Dobbs, Steelers
21. Trevone Boykin, Seahawks
22. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
23. Matt Cassel, Titans
24. Kellen Clemens, Chargers
25. Connor Cook/EJ Manuel, Raiders
26. Matt Schaub, Falcons
27. Brett Hundley, Packers
28. Kellen Moore, Cowboys
29. Scott Tolzien, Colts
30. Sean Mannion, Rams
31. Jake Rudock/Brad Kaaya, Lions
32. Ryan Griffin, Buccaneers
Single notes that the Jaguars “could be heading elsewhere after this year” and that Henne is one of the four or five best backups in the league to handle bridge quarterback duties.
What do you think? Is Chad Henne a top-10 backup in the NFL? Or are there players you wish the Jaguars had brought in to compete instead? After all — we’ve seen Henne’s body of work. We gave him all of 2013 and the first four starts of the 2014 season.
Let us know in the comments below!