- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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Every Thursday I’ll present an interesting (to me, anyway) stat, break it down, and try to provide some context heading into the game the following weekend.
Jacksonville Jaguars coaches and players have consistently said they can win games with each quarterback. There is no endorsement among the players, publicly anyway, for either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.
It appears, though, that receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts should probably be happier when Henne’s in the lineup, as he most likely will be this Sunday when the Jaguars play the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, since Henne joined the Jaguars in 2012, he has done a much better job than Gabbert of getting the ball to Shorts and Blackmon. Henne has thrown nearly twice as many touchdown passes to Blackmon and Shorts as Gabbert and less than half the interceptions.
What does that mean for Sunday's game? The Jaguars are certainly going to have to score a lot of points and avoid turnovers to keep up with Peyton Manning. Gabbert has already thrown seven interceptions this season (three have been returned for touchdowns) while Henne has thrown two. Blackmon and Shorts are the Jaguars' top two playmakers in the passing game and have been more effective with Henne throwing passes, plus Henne seems more willing to go down the field than Gabbert.