Arguably the worst performance by a team in the first week of the 2013 NFL season belonged to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although no one expected much from the Jaguars heading into Week 1, Jacksonville was even worse than many anticipated only scoring two points as the result of a blocked punt.
During the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, Blaine Gabbert suffered laceration on his right hand. As a result, backup Chad Henne came in to try and shoulder the load.
With Gabbert’s injury being severe enough to keep him sidelined for Week 2, Henne will get the start against the Raiders in Oakland according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com:
We thought we’d see Chad Henne this season, just not this soon.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders after sustaining a laceration on his throwing hand during the team’s 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Henne took over for the injured Gabbert toward the end of last season for the Jaguars and played well during his short stint as the starter. Henne began to build chemistry with arguably the team’s best wide receiver Justin Blackmon and actually started a bit of a quarterback controversy with most believing Henne was the best option under center.
Although the Jaguars are currently considered to be one of the worst teams in the league, the team may receive a boost offensively with Henne starting rather than Gabbert. The Raiders are still considered early favorites to come out on top against Jacksonville in Week 2, but they might receive more of a challenge with Henne leading the offense for the Jaguars.