Why Jags are correct to sit Bortles

With capable vet and luxury of time, Jacksonville can afford to wait

Updated: August 21, 2014, 12:11 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Blake BortlesRob Foldy/Getty ImagesDespite Blake Bortles' strong training camp and preseason, the rookie QB has much to learn.

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has been among the standout performers through two weeks of preseason action. And yet the Jaguars remain ardent in their stance for his role to begin 2014: As of now, he's the backup to veteran Chad Henne, who re-signed this offseason to serve as a bridge to the future.

While Bortles has undeniably shown flashes of promise, the Jaguars' approach is understandable and correct. Henne, not Bortles, should open the season as the starter. Here's why.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.