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SI's Don Banks: Blaine Gabbert Will Lose Starting Gig By Week Three Of The Preseason

Though the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to begin training camp, the quarterback controversy has already begun. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks wrote today that former Miami Dolphins signal caller Chad Henne will take over for the Jaguars under center by week three of the preseason -- as part of his "7 strong hunches for the 2012 season." That would leave projected starter Blaine Gabbert, the team's 10th overall selection from the 2011 NFL draft, holding a clipboard.

Remember when the Jaguars were trying to decide how much they wanted to go after Tim Tebow in trade earlier this offseason, a competition they ultimately lost to the New York Jets? There were those inside the Jacksonville organization who were ambivalent about the move, believing that even with Tebow on board, Henne, the ex-Dolphins starter, would beat out both players by late August. Let's just say that sentiment hasn't changed with Henne now competing only against Gabbert.

Jacksonville head coach Mike Mularkey has, however, insisted throughout OTAs that there is no quarterback competition. Moreover, CBS Sports' football writer Pete Prisco responded via Twitter that he hasn't "heard that from anybody inside that building."

Stay tuned.

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