Former Arkansas QB Brandon Allen was hoping to be an answer of sorts in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ questionable quarterback situation, but he won’t get that chance.
Allen, who was entering his second year with the franchise that drafted him in the sixth round in 2016, was released by the Jaguars on Sunday.
Jaguars have waived QB Brandon Allen, per league source
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 3, 2017
While Blake Bortles and Chad Henne battled for the starting job, Allen didn’t help his case to make the team during the Jaguars’ preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons. In that game, Allen completed 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown but tossed three interceptions in the team’s 13-7 win.
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Fayetteville, Ark. native did not see any action with the Jaguars last season after starting each of his last 34 games for the Razorbacks, the longest streak for any player at the school since it joined the SEC in 1992.
Allen finished his career with 7,463 passing yards, which ranks third in program history.
The decision comes exactly a week before the Jaguars’ season opener against the Houston Texans next Sunday. Bortles has been named the starter for that contest.