JACKSONVILLE – Blake Bortles will remain the Jaguars' starter.
Bortles, the Jaguars' starting quarterback for the last 68 games, will start for the team when it plays the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley Stadium in London Sunday. Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone announced the decision late Monday afternoon in a statement sent to Jaguars players that was distributed to media.
"I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team's starting quarterback," the statement said. "I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win."
Marrone replaced Bortles with Cody Kessler early in the third quarter of a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field Sunday – the Jaguars' third consecutive loss.
Marrone during his next-day media availability Monday afternoon had said he had decided on the starter, but that he wanted to meet with Kessler and Bortles before making the decision public. He also said he wanted Jaguars players to know the decision before an announcement.