The quarterback picture is so murky that Marrone acknowledged he may be forced to extend the competition into the fourth preseason game - which is normally played by reserves - unless Bortles or Henne flashes against the Panthers.
Coach Doug Marrone opened up the team's quarterback job after Bortles' latest inconsistent performance Thursday night, giving Chad Henne a chance to start. This game is important for a wide receiver looking to bounce back and a running back who hopes to build off an excellent game against the Titans. Marrone is sending a message if he benches Blake and it makes no sense for him to sit Bortles now and then start him week 1 of the regular season.
"I played against him a lot when I was in Seattle", McCloughan said (via the Washington Post). Backup Chad Henne has now gotten some time with the first-team offense but has not looked much better. Even though the team only finished with 5 wins, the ascension of Blake Bortles in his second season was enough to buoy optimism heading into the 2016 season.
Winston had two passes dropped, including what would have been a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans in the first quarter.
"I'm trying to look at it and (see) which guy is going to take it", Marrone said of the starting spot.
"Just didn't make a whole lot of plays", Bortles said. "I'm just going to go back, watch today's film, think about it, make sure it's the right plan for our team and then I'll come to a point where I'll talk to them about it. Who best gives us an opportunity to win?"
Former University of MI quarterback Chad Henne is in a heated battle for the starting quarterback role in Jacksonville.
For now, the competition is between Henne and Bortles.
The biggest storyline entering this game is that for the first time all preseason, the Panthers are expected to have their full starting lineup.
It would also paint Marrone into a corner.
The struggles have continued into 2017 for Blake Bortles.
Bortles doesn't have a touchdown or a turnover in two preseason games.
Just the fact Marrone must deal with this crisis along with other major question marks surrounding the Jaguars - most notably issues on the left side of the offensive line, the lack of an effective pass-catching tight end, off-field trouble involving defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and a kicker (Jason Myers) in danger of losing his job - is disappointing onto itself.
Henne, now 32, played all four years as the starting quarterback at MI from 2004 to 2008.
If the Jaguars were interested in Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Christian Ponder, etc., they would have long ago placed a call.