If you were hesitating on grabbing Chad Henne in fear of Blaine Gabbert’s revenge laden return to the crucible that is EverBank Field you can stop.
It’s Henne time in Jacksonville. The Titans and their horrible defense visit Jacksonville this weekend. You could do worse –Ponder, Locker and Rivers are the names that immediately spring to mind.
I’m not a Blaine Gabbert fan, but I’m not chugging the Gabbert hatorade either. If we attempt to step back with a calm, logical eye and assess what we’ve seen from Gabbert in his second season, two things should become clear. He’s been wildly inconsistent, and he’s at best an average quarterback, usually hovering somewhere around replacement level. That’s the bad.
The good is that despite what his overall numbers may show, he’s improved as a pocket passer, and he’s done it while battling through a series of injuries this year, and for a chunk of the season he hasn’t had the support of his Pro Bowl running back. When we consider Gabbert, we always need to give equal consideration to the situation in Jacksonville, which is one where the stench of suck lingers heavily.
With that said, here’s something else that’s become clear over the past two games as Chad Henne has been handed the keys to Jacksonville’s Pinto of an offense: at his worst, he’s Gabbert’s equal, and at his best the Jaguars’ offense is moving far more efficiently. That’s good for both reality and fantasy purposes, as hope is at a premium in Jacksonville, and if suddenly Justin Blackmon can become a consistently viable option, he has WR3 potential, especially with upcoming games against pass-friendly defenses (Tennessee this week, and Miami and New England during the fantasy playoffs).
Now we’ll get to see the difference a Henne can make during a somewhat extended period, as Mike Mularkey has already tagged him as the starter for the Jaguars’ Week 12 game against the Titans.
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