JH: What is it about Chad Henne that Gus Bradley likes over Blake Bortles at this stage, especially with Bortles looking as sound as he has in preseason?
CB: That's a fantastic question and I'd love to give you a fantastic answer if I had one. Bortles has all the upside, he had a great preseason and he appears to be a significantly better quarterback right now. The Jaguars have a tough stretch of games to open the season and they will likely lose most of them. Perhaps that sets up for an exciting change at quarterback?
JH: Toby Gerhart has only carried the ball 16 or more times in five career games. Do you trust him as a season-long feature back?
CB: Toby Gerhart has starter-type of talent but was in a situation where he backed up the best running back since Barry Sanders. He's a tough runner, but his upright style and big body gives defenders a pretty substantial target to hit. He has to make it through the season if the team is going to have any success running the football as his backups are just guys. At this point, his durability is a major unknown.
JH: Between rookies Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, and undrafted surprise Allen Hurns, who brings the most upside into Jedd Fisch's offense?
CB: Certainly Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson have the most upside at wide receiver, with Lee being the most likely candidate to develop into a game-breaker. Unless Blake Bortles gets the starting nod sooner rather than later, their talents will likely be wasted as Chad Henne doesn't go through progressions particularly well and is less than accurate.
JH: How big of a difference will former Seahawks Red Bryant and Chris Clemons make against both the run and the pass?
CB: Getting not one, but two starters off the Super Bowl champs is a pretty big deal. Red Bryant is a mountain of a man that sucks up blockers and Chris Clemons is still a very accomplished pass rusher, and could be the first Jaguar to reach double-digit sacks since Reggie Hayward. The Jaguars defensive line is clearly the strongest position group on the roster.
JH: Losing Russell Allen to a career-ending stroke left a gap at linebacker, filled by unproven second-year man Laroy Reynolds. Do you see the line backing corps getting better, or regressing?
CB: The Jaguars have a pretty athletic set of linebackers, possibly the most athletic in team history. Russell Allen was a good locker room guy but on the field he was just a guy who wouldn't start on most teams in the league. Reynolds is a big hitter but will make some mistakes in coverage. The team is really excited about rookie Telvin Smith from Florida State. Smith appears to be a fifth-round steal and he's the type of guy that the ball finds. Right now the Jaguars have four guys who can start for a lot of teams at the position.
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