Thomas B. Shea
Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon benefited the most from the quarterback change.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said the reason Chad Henne had success Sunday as the team's quarterback is because he gave the wide receivers "a chance to make plays," according to the team's website.
"He gave guys a chance to make plays yesterday with some of his throws," Mularkey said, adding, "Guys just made plays on the ball when they had a chance. That's what we wanted to see, was progress from our players. That's exactly what they did yesterday, they made something happen.
"One of the big emphases was make something happen; ‘Don't hope it happens or wish it happens. Make it happen.' That's what we did yesterday.''
After second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert went down with an elbow contusion in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans, Henne nearly rallied the team to an upset victory. Henne completed 16-of-33 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns.
Henne, who is in his first year with the Jaguars, helped the Jags into overtime against one of the best teams in the NFL, but the Texans won, 43-37.
Henne's favorite target was rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft caught seven passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. It was the first game all season Blackmon had more than 67 yards receiving.
Henne, who spent the previous three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, has 569 yards and five touchdowns this year with Jacksonville.