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NFL: Bortles Gets the Nod for Jaguars’ Season Opener

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone today named QB Blake Bortles as the season opening starter. Marrone earlier indicated the competition between Bortles and Chad Henne would continue into the preseason finale.

“I think that the first thing I look at is to make sure who is going to give us the best chance to win in the situation that we’re in. I look at everything, not just the quarterback position, but of how we want to play and what we want to do. I think Blake has the ability to extend plays for us, which I think is going to be helpful in what we have to get done,” Marrone said this morning.

Bortles is 23 of 34 passing for 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the preseason. He played most of the second half on Thursday, finishing 12 of 16 for 125 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

He also threw an interception that was returned 48 yards and set up a touchdown in the third quarter.

“I think we have to get ready. I think that the ability to keep going on for me was going to stop the progress of the team. I think that one thing that I have said before – nothing is really status quo on the team, meaning you have to go out there and perform at every position, not just the quarterback position,” added Marrone.

Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft and the Jaguars’ starter since Week 4 of his rookie season.  The 25-year-old Bortles is 11-34 as a starter in his three seasons, throwing for 11,241 yards with 69 touchdowns and 51 interceptions and a 58.8 completion percentage.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released sixth-year LB Audie Cole from the active roster. The Jaguars currently have 89 players on their active roster.

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