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Training camp watch: Henne starts over Bortles for Jags

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TSN.ca Staff
8/7/2014 10:14:47 AM
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With NFL training camps underway, the league is abuzz with position battles, injury news and rookies making an immediate impact. 

Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat.

Bortles Will Wait

The Jacksonville Jaguars are willing to wait to see what third overall pick Blake Bortles can do with the first string offence as according to Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk, Chad Henne will take the reps during the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Florio believes that the Jaguars are the most likely of the three teams that took a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 draft to keep their rookie on the sideline to start the season.

The Cleveland Browns selected Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick and the Minnesota Vikings picked Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd and final pick of the opening round.

Brady and Romo Take A Pass

Two more veteran quarterbacks will not be seeing action in their teams' respective preseason openers as both Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo according to ESPN Dallas and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald will remain on the sidelines..

Brady has only missed three preseason openers since taking over as the starting pivot for the Patriots (2005, 2008, 2011).

Ryan Mallett is expected to take the snaps in his place.

Meanwhile Romo will give way to Brandon Weeden and this will be the second season in a row that the Cowboys QB is missing the first preseason matchup.

Ebron Missing Time

Lions could be forced to start the preseason without rookie tight end Eric Ebron who was forced to miss practice on Wednesday. ESPN Detriot Lions reporter Michael Rothstein writes that Jim Caldwell was noncommittal about the status of his first round pick.

"It's nothing serious," said Caldwell. "He'll be back. Just maybe a day or two."

Rothstein writes that Ebron will be hard to replace for the Lions because they plan to use him next to the offensive line, in the slot, out wide and even in the backfield and he needs as much time as possible to develop in the preseason.

Backfield Trouble

A day after David Wilson announced his retirement, ESPN.com reports that the Giants also saw Peyton Hillis go down with an injury.

"It's an ankle/foot kind of thing," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "It looks like it'll be a little while."

In the story ESPN notes that Hills was moved to number two on the depth chart after Wilson was placed on IR and now the Giants are left with Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins as their depth at the position.

Chad Henne (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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