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Jaguars sticking with Henne over Bortles at QB

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Not after the team selected Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the NFL draft. Not after the rookie showed significant progress during organized team activities and training camp. And not after Bortles played so well in the preseason, turning heads in the locker room, in the stands and around the league.

Bradley has made it clear that Henne will start the season opener, and there’s no reason to believe the second-year head coach will change his stance before the Sept. 7 game at Philadelphia.

“We have a lot of faith in Chad,” Bradley said. “Chad is doing really well. The efficiency, the command of the offense, the different looks that he’s seeing and the adjustment that he makes. It’s the whole package.”

It’s not uncommon for NFL teams to botch quarterback decisions, whether they get muddled inside the building or in the court of public opinion. The Jaguars have done it numerous times in recent years, most notably in 2011 when David Garrard was cut hours after being introduced as the starter at a kickoff luncheon days before the opener.

Bradley doesn’t want to make a similar misstep.

“Gus has done a great job, especially with you guys in the media in just staying true to his word,” Henne said. “Whatever he’s telling you, he’s telling us. There are no different stories.

“That’s what’s great about him. He’s upfront and honest and that’s why we trust in him and we believe in him and we fight for him out on the field.”

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