Last week, Blaine Gabbert left the Jaguars’ Thursday night loss to Indianapolis with a shoulder injury. Chad Henne was summoned from the bench, and he immediately looked much more confident while throwing deep, averaging 7.6 yards per attempt in limited play (16 attempts), while Gabbert averaged 6.7.
A week later it’s more of the same. Gabbert exited in the first quarter of Jacksonville’s game against Houston which is surprisingly tied 14-14 midway through the second quarter. He bruised his right elbow following a hit by Daniel Manning that resulted in a fumble, and although his return is probable, taking Henne out could be difficult now.
Henne’s needed only seven pass attempts to log 153 passing yards, a Madden-esque early pace of 21.9 yards per attempt. Yep, wow.
Henne’s outburst has included two passes of 60 yards or more completed to Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, with Shorts’ 67 yarder ending in the end zone. It’s quite clear what the fantasy owner of anyone who has any value whatsoever on the Jaguars’ offense needs: Henne. A lot of Henne.
Oh also, what the hell has happened to the Texans’ defense? Prior to today over nine games their secondary had allowed only three +40 yard passes, and now Henne — Henne! — has posted two 60 yarders in one quarter.