2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Jaguars turn to Henne again to replace Gabbert

By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-11 18:02

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Chad Henne has been in and out of the starting lineup before - just about every year he's been in the league actually.

So this is nothing new.

Henne will make his 38th career start when the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Oakland on Sunday. Henne is filling in for Blaine Gabbert, who is sidelined at least this week because of a laceration on the back of his throwing hand. It will be Henne's seventh start in Jacksonville's last eight regular-season games.

``You never expect anything like that,'' Henne said. ``But anything can happen in this league and you always have to be prepared and prepare like you're the starter and get your opportunity.''

Henne's latest chance comes amid some concerns for Jacksonville's offense.

Not only is he taking over a unit that managed a league-low 178 yards and no points in the season opener, but he could be without several offensive teammates.

Receiver Justin Blackmon is suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Tight end Marcedes Lewis is considered a long shot to play because of a nagging injury to his left calf.

If that wasn't bad enough, receivers Cecil Shorts III (groin) and Mike Brown (back) were limited in practice Wednesday. Guard Uche Nwaneri (back) and Will Rackley (knee) also were on the sideline, with Nwaneri limited and Rackley sitting out all of practice.

Even healthy, the Jaguars struggled to find any offensive rhythm in a 28-2 loss to Kansas City.

The Jaguars allowed six sacks, dropped five passes and moved the chains just five times in 19 tries on third down. Jacksonville set a franchise record with 11 punts and didn't cross the 50-yard line until midway through the fourth quarter.

``Really for us, I think for everybody, it's just kind of calm down,'' running back Maurice Jones-Drew said. ``You could see we were doing things that we haven't done all throughout training camp. Just relax. I think you'll see more execution in the second half in this next game. You'll see younger guys just getting more comfortable.

``It was a lot of guys' first time being in an NFL game, so it is a little different, and we actually did it against a very good team, so we'll see how things go.''

It'd be tough for things to go worse with Henne at the helm.

The former Miami Dolphins starter gave Jacksonville a spark last year, coming off the bench at Houston in November and throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns.

He wasn't nearly effective while starting the final six games of the season in place of Gabbert, but he was good enough for former coach Mike Mularkey to name him the starter heading into 2013. Of course, Mularkey didn't make it through January before getting fired.

So Henne ended up behind Gabbert again.

Henne did start the final two exhibition games and finished the preseason with 279 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions and was sacked five times.

``It's definitely beneficial getting the reps with the 1s,'' Henne said. ``Those last two preseason games will help me out getting some more timing, and even this week going over the whole game plan and getting all the reps with the 1s will all be beneficial for Sunday.''

It's doubtful Henne will keep the starting job once Gabbert is healthy. When Bradley named Gabbert the starter last month, he stressed patience and the desire the give the third-year quarterback time to show what he can do.

But Bradley wants Henne to approach this like it's his job to lose - again.

``I really want him to go out there and capture this and be at his best,'' Bradley said. ``That's our conversation today. I said don't wait until Sunday to compete; that's too late. ... The short passes, the long passes you throw, don't go through the motions now. Really put your mind into it like it's Sunday.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Chris CantyFeb 27 11:32a

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty was released Friday, Feb. 27. The move saved the team around $2.7 million on the salary cap.

Brian HartlineFeb 27 10:32a

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Harry DouglasFeb 27 10:32a

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Matt HasselbeckFeb 26 07:42p

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck was re-signed to a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 26. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Steven JacksonFeb 26 07:32p

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.

Adrian PetersonFeb 26 05:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, [ More ]

Travis KelceFeb 26 05:42p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who led the team with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, is expected to be a more prominent part of the [ More ]

Kendall LangfordFeb 26 04:12p

St. Louis Rams DT Kendall Langford was released Thursday, Feb. 26, saving the team $6 million in salary cap space.

Greg HardyFeb 26 02:32p

Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement after a judge overturned Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension, according to a source.

Theo RiddickFeb 26 02:22p

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.

Adrian PetersonFeb 26 12:32p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension.

Michael RoosFeb 26 12:02p

Free-agent OT Michael Roos (Titans) has announced his retirement from professional football.

Dez BryantFeb 26 09:03a

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is likely to receive the franchise tag because the team is hesitant to sign him long term due to a lack of trust off [ More ]

Peyton ManningFeb 25 09:23p

The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million [ More ]

Reggie BushFeb 25 05:33p

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush has been cut Wednesday, Feb. 25.

A.J. HawkFeb 25 04:43p

Green Bay Packers LB A.J. Hawk was released Wednesday, Feb. 25. The move will save them $3.5 million against the salary cap in 2015.

Jacoby JonesFeb 25 12:33p

Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones was released Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Peyton HillisFeb 25 10:43a

New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis was released Wednesday, Feb. 25. The move saves $945,000 on the 2015 salary cap.

Dez BryantFeb 24 10:33p

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's NFL career could be in jeopardy if a video he allegedly appears is as bad as it sounds. A source said the 'incriminating video [ More ]

Jake LongFeb 24 09:23p

The St. Louis Rams are likely to release OT Jake Long this offseason for savings against the salary cap, according to beat writer Nick Wagoner.

Mathias KiwanukaFeb 24 03:33p

New York Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka has been released Tuesday, Feb. 24.

DeAngelo WilliamsFeb 24 12:23p

Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) said he was not upset when the Carolina Panthers told him last week that he'd be released. Williams told Charlotte's WBTV that DE Greg [ More ]

Adrian PetersonFeb 23 06:13p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to [ More ]

Ted Ginn Jr.Feb 23 04:53p

Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. was released Monday, Feb. 23.

Adrian PetersonFeb 23 02:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, [ More ]

Victor CruzFeb 21 10:22a

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) looks good as he continues to recover from a torn right pateller tendon in his knee, according to general manager Jerry Reese. [ More ]

R. Griffin IIIFeb 20 02:52p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will enter the 2015 season as the team's starting quarterback, and general manager Bruce Allen thinks Griffin's ceiling in the NFL remains high. [ More ]

Devonta FreemanFeb 20 08:42a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman fits well in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'My first impression: I can feel the quickness,' Quinn said [ More ]

Victor CruzFeb 19 07:12p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) may commence running shortly, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz is recovering from a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee.

Andre EllingtonFeb 19 05:12p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) remains the focal point of the offense, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington split the injured tendon in his left foot, [ More ]

C.J. AndersonFeb 19 02:22p

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson finished the year as the team's No. 1 running back and made the Pro Bowl, but new head coach Gary Kubiak said Anderson must [ More ]

James CaseyFeb 19 02:22p

Philadelphia Eagles TE James Casey has been released.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group