JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars fans who wanted to see third-string quarterback Brandon Allen get a chance to push quarterback Blake Bortles for the starting job got some disappointing news on Wednesday.
Not only will Allen not be competing with Bortles, he won't even be competing with Chad Henne to be the No. 2 quarterback. Coach Doug Marone said Henne won that competition before training camp even started.
"I think that went on earlier on [in the offseason]," Marrone said. "I think that Brandon has had a good couple of days, but I think right now Chad is No. 2."
The Jaguars drafted Allen in the sixth round last year after a four-year career at Arkansas. He still holds the school record for career TD passes (64) and his 7,463 yards passing are third. The Jaguars kept Allen on the 53-man roster for the entire season (he was inactive each week) because they were worried if they cut him he wouldn't clear waivers.
Allen has had a solid start to training camp but Henne won the backup job in organized team activities and minicamp. There was a vocal segment of the fanbase that wanted the Jaguars to bench Bortles for Allen last season and to let Allen compete for the starting job this season. Marrone's statement puts an end to that. Can't beat out the starter if you can't beat out the backup.
Henne has been Bortles' backup since the second half of the Week 3 game against Indianapolis in 2014, when he was benched after leading the offense to just 10 points in an eight-quarter span. He's played only one snap since then, a kneel down at the end of the first half of the Jaguars' game at Detroit last season. Henne has thrown for 12,931 yards and 58 touchdowns with 63 interceptions in nine seasons.