Chad Henne Scouting Report

When the Jaguars inked quarterback Chad Henne to back up Blaine Gabbert, many wondered if he could potentially compete for the starting job. We know it won't be a completely open competition, but Henne will push Gabbert and a season like last year's will likely result in the team making a change. Find out all you need to know about the former Dolphins signal caller.

We asked our friend Alain Poupart from Dolphin Digest to share his thoughts on Chad Henne, a player he's covered since Henne was drafted by Miami.

Chad Henne was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2008 draft, Bill Parcells' first with the team, with the pick the team had acquired from San Diego in a trade for wide receiver Chris Chambers the previous October.

The idea was that Henne would be the team's quarterback of the future, but that clearly never panned out. The truth is he actually wasn't playing that badly before he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in San Diego early last season.

Henne appeared more confident and a lot more decisive in the pocket, but for some reason he just couldn't produce in the red zone (of course, it didn't help that there were some dropped passes that could have been touchdowns).

When he's at his best, Henne sure looks like a franchise quarterback. He's got the size, the arm, enough mobility in the pocket and he's certainly tough. The two biggest reasons he never flourished, from this vantage point, are pretty simple: inconsistency and intangibles.

The inconsistency probably was the more maddening of the two issues. Henne never became the type of player you could always count on to produce, and he could go from very good to very bad very quickly, from game to game and sometimes even from throw to throw. His accuracy was always a problem, particularly on passes that required a lot of touch. If he has a clear lane and just needs to drill the ball, he's fine. If he has to anticipate a receiver's cut or drop the ball over a linebacker, that becomes a problem. Even swing passes to running backs sometimes were an issue. From a purely physical standpoint, that's where Henne needs to get better.

The most important issue perhaps, though, is Henne's disposition. Make no mistake, he's a really good guy and a good team player, he just doesn't possess the presence and the command of a starting quarterback. He's very soft-spoken and sometimes it doesn't seem as though he's the type of guy a team would rally behind. His teammates always spoke of Henne's leadership capabilities, but the those who cover the team it was hard to see.

Guess you could say Henne doesn't have the "it" factor. It also would help explain his alarming lack of success in late-game situations when he needed to come up big for a game-winning touchdown or field goal drive. A lot was made last season of the Dolphins giving up a late touchdown to the lowly Browns to lose 17-16 at Cleveland. But the truth is that after a good kickoff return and a penalty, the Dolphins had the ball at the Browns 45-yard line needing only about 10 yards to set up a field goal attempt. Instead, three straight incompletions and an interception followed. It was the same against Pittsburgh in 2010 when the Dolphins lost 23-22, largely because of a dubious officiating call on a Ben Roethsliberger fumble near the goal line. In this case, the Dolphins also had a chance to rally after giving up the winning score, but Henne just couldn't move the team.

Whether Henne can become a quality NFL starter is up for debate. He does seem to possess the physical attributes, but there's been something missing so far and it's fair to wonder whether he'll ever put it all together.

Our take: Henne is the perfect man for this job as he is physically talented and looking for another shot. We know that Gabbert is the starter heading into the season but if he continues to struggle the team could do a 180 and go with Henne who is still young enough with upside.

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