It took a little more than a week and a preseason game for QB Blake Bortles to get his starting job back. After Jacksonville’s 24-23 loss to Carolina, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone named Bortles the starter for Week 1.
Bortles went 12-for-16 for 125 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the game, while
Chad Henne was 8-for-14 for 73 yards. After starting the game, Henne appeared sluggish and was sacked three times. Maybe the benching was the wake-up call Bortles needed to right the ship.
“I don’t know if it can get any worse than that,” Bortles said. “You can roll over and lay down or you can just keep working and grinding and earn that spot.”
Rookie watch: RB Leonard Fournette missed his second consecutive preseason game with a lingering foot injury but remains confident he’ll be ready in time for the season opener. … WR
Keelan Cole dropped a would-be touchdown for the second consecutive game on a deep ball thrown by Henne. …WR Dede West
brook missed the game with a lower body injury but returned to the next practice and should be available for Week 1.
Noteworthy: K Jason
Myers hit a 44-yard field goal and both extra-point attempts after missing three field goal attempts and an extra point in the first two preseason games. … With Fournette and RB T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) sitting out, RB Chris
Ivory shined with 36 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. … CB
Jalen Ramsey made his preseason debut, but CBs A.J. Bouye (undisclosed) and Aaron Colvin (ankle) remained sidelined.