Chad Henne has been something of a forgotten man in the Jaguars’ offseason quarterback derby, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports.
Most of the speculation has focused on whether Blaine Gabbert can rebound in his third season and what other quarterback moves the Jaguars plan to make in the NFL Draft later this month.
At the moment, though, Henne is the only other quarterback on the roster besides Gabbert and with the job wide open, he is eager for a shot at winning the starting job.
“We all have a fresh start and I said before I believe I can be a starter in this league. I really enjoy this team and I want to be in Jacksonville,” he said as the Jaguars began their offseason program this week.
Henne will get a shot because new coach Gus Bradley is putting an emphasis on competition and evaluation.
Bradley said he told the coaches to evaluate the players in everything they do.
“How they walk, what music they are listening to, how are they handling themselves? I want to know it all,” Bradley said.
“Anybody in my situation wouldn’t want it any other way,” Henne said. “It’s going to be great. Whoever they bring in, Blaine and I are up for it,” he said.
Henne, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent last year, knows it may be now or never for him in his sixth NFL season. There aren’t many quarterback jobs open in the NFL and he has a chance to win one of them.
“Sure, this is a great opportunity. You’ve seen all the moves with quarterbacks going all over the league and this is one of those opportunities. There’s a starting job open and let the best man win. I’m just going to give it my all,” he said.
“I’m still young. I’m only 27 years old in my sixth season. Aaron Rodgers started when he was five years in. I’m only a year behind right now. I’m a competitor. I’m going to compete.”
Whether the Jaguars pick a quarterback in the draft, Henne said he won’t pay a lot of attention to it.
“It’s obviously a new regime here and whatever they feel they need to do to better the team, whether they pick a quarterback No. 1 or No. 2, we’re all in the same boat. We’re going to compete no matter who is here,” he said. “The younger guys are going to come up and try to push the veterans out and the veterans are trying to stick around. I got to show them I can still play and play at a high level.”
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