Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll review how each position group performed in 2014, as well as taking an early look at 2016. Monday, we’ll examine the quarterbacks. On Tuesday, we’ll do running backs.
Breakdown of starts: Blake Bortles (16).
Recap: It was a record-setting season for Bortles, who threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. That’s the most yards and passing TDs in franchise history in a single season, breaking records previously held by Mark Brunell and David Garrard. Unfortunately, Bortles also led the NFL with 18 interceptions – including four pick-sixes. He has now had eight interceptions returned for a touchdown in his first two seasons.
Looking ahead to 2016
Players under contract: Bortles.
The skinny: Chad Henne signed a two-year, $8 million deal before the 2014 season, and it expires in March. The Jaguars would like to bring him back, and Henne told ESPN.com that he would like to return. But he also wants to see what opportunities he may have to compete for a starting job elsewhere. If the Jaguars don't bring Henne back, it's not a given that they will bring in a veteran to back up Bortles, who is entering his second year in Greg Olson's offense. The Jaguars could opt to go with a younger player to avoid investing too much in a player that won't be on the field. Regardless of whether Henne’s back or not, Bortles’ top priority in the offseason is working on improving his completion percentage (which would include cutting down on interceptions). It needs to be more than 60 percent.