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Doug Marrone Says He's Open To Starting Former Arkansas QB Brandon Allen

Blake Bortles and Chad Henne are in competition for the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback job, but last night head coach Doug Marrone said Brandon Allen could be in the mix.

Allen, the former Arkansas quarterback, was a sixth round pick by the Jags in the 2016 NFL Draft.

While he is getting third team reps, Allen has arguably been the best Jags quarterback this preseason.

In the team's first game—against the Patriots—he completed 5-of-7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

On Thursday night against the Buccaneers, he was 10-of-15 for 144 yards and another score, and showed an impressive connection with former Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook. Now, Marrone says Allen could work his way into the battle for the starting job.

Bortles, the former No. 3 pick, has been a serious disappointment, and while Marrone has been on staff during his tenure as starter, he is not tied to Bortles as head coach. Chad Henne can be a solid back-up, but he's not going to win you a bunch of games as starter. There's no guarantee that Allen will be a huge upgrade when he starts playing against more talented defensive players, but based on his production, he's probably at least worth a look. Jaguars fans seem to agree.

The Jaguars have a talented defense, some strong receivers, and a potential star running back in Leonard Fournette, but until they get quarterback figured out, the franchise is facing an uphill climb.