Jaguars quarterback controversy after second pre-season game

Smith is impressed by how the Jaguars have been developing on their training camp

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards, and the Bucs moved up and down the field easily.

While Carr pushes his team to greater things and Garoppolo is groomed as a great successor, Bortles is headed toward being an ex-Jaguar with lesser National Football League starting prospects than the knee-rehabbing Bridgewater. "Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position". In the running game, Doug Martin got the start despite being suspended for the first three games.

Bortles completed 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards against the Buccaneers Thursday.

Coach Doug Marrone opened up the team's quarterback job after Bortles' latest inconsistent performance Thursday night, giving Chad Henne a chance to start.

Henne was 6-for-10 for 44 yards in the Jags' 12-8 loss. He has been a turnover machine, but in this game, Bortles was an accurate passer with no turnovers. "It's just simple. I'm not going to try to make this thing complicated".

"I need someone to lead this offense", Marrone said.

Winston had two passes dropped, including what would have been a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans in the first quarter. Should he get injured at any point, his $18 million salary next season becomes guaranteed, which means the Jaguars will end up facing the same conundrum Washington did with RG3 a few years ago: playing him risks a huge cap problem, even for a team flush with space.

"I think you guys know how we feel about Blake", general manager Dave Caldwell said after the Jaguars failed to draft a quarterback. Among the many reasons for Coughlin's disappointment has to be how awful the Jaguars looked trying to run the ball (20 carries, 57 yards) and how shaky the pass protection was at times. Jackson caught for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. That includes a former No. 3 overall pick who appears lost and out of options with the team that drafted him in 2014.

Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco isn't expected to play until Week 1 of the regular season because of back woes, and Mallett played the entire first half.

Marrone didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement of Bortles when he said after one practice that Bortles made "some good throws and some horses-- throws".

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