Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Jaguars' Chad Henne
By Michael DiRocco
A weekly analysis of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback play:
Rewind: Chad Henne posted his 10th career 300-yard game (just as predicted here; go ahead, look it up) in the Jaguars’ 35-19 loss to Denver. He threw for 303 yards, and his two interceptions were the result of passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. It was the best game of any Jaguars quarterback this season, but it could have been even better if Henne had been able to hit Clay Harbor on the first play and run for a first down late in the fourth quarter. Henne gives the offense the downfield element that has been missing under Blaine Gabbert.
Fast-forward: Gabbert’s hamstring injury will keep him out another week, so Henne will get the start against San Diego on Sunday. Henne may not have Cecil Shorts (sprained sternoclavicular joint in his shoulder), but Justin Blackmon has been a monster the past two weeks (19 catches for 326 yards) and tight end Marcedes Lewis also appears on track to return. Coach Gus Bradley was hesitant to commit to Henne beyond this week, but another good performance could land Henne the starting job for the rest of the season.
Back-to-back: Henne has had back-to-back 300-yard passing games twice in his career: Tennessee (349) and Houston (322) in 2009 and the New York Jets (363) and New England (305) in 2010.
Prediction: The Chargers are coming across the country after playing a Monday night game, and the game kicks off at 10 a.m. PT. That’s a recipe for a sluggish team, and Henne should be able to take advantage of that, especially if Shorts is able to play. It could be the first time this season the Jaguars have all their receivers and Lewis available. Henne should at least threaten 300 yards again and throw for a couple of touchdowns.