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10/19/14 - QB Blake Bortles had five runs for 37 yards to add another dimension to the Jaguars' ground attack on Sunday. Bortles wishes he had made a sixth run. He was still blaming himself for a poor decision on his third interception of the game when the Jaguars were marching for a score in the third quarter. They had the ball at the Cleveland 14 when Bortles, who looked like he was going to take off on another scramble, pulled up and fired the ball toward Cecil Shorts, only to have Browns defender Buster Skrine step in front of Shorts for an interception. "I should have just tucked it and ran," Bortles said. "I stepped up, the protection was really good. Instead of trying to do something stupid like that, just tuck it and run. Get the first down and if not, then get a field goal and go up by seven."
10/13/14 - QB Blake Bortles has started just three games for the Jaguars, but he's already solidifying his position as the team's quarterback of the future. He had his best passing day yet against the Tennessee Titans as he completed 32 of 46 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown. He had one interception, but it came on a play when receiver Allen Hurns fell down.
10/12/14 - QB Blake Bortles set career highs in completions (32), attempts (46) and yards (336), and had just one interception on Sunday against Tennessee after throwing two in each of his previous three games.
10/06/14 - QB Blake Bortles completed 22 of 36 passes against the Steelers for 191 yards, but he also threw two interceptions. Bortles doesn't seem to get rattled by plays that go wrong. "You can't let the good and bad affect you," he said. "The first play didn't go as we planned. Who cares? Move on. Throw it again."
09/28/14 - QB Blake Bortles, the team's first-round pick this year, didn't collect the "W" in his first NFL start. He also would love to have back his third-quarter interception, when he was baited by veteran San Diego CB Brandon Flowers into a pick. However, it seldom appeared that the game was too big for Bortles, who completed 29 of 37 passes for 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. "He can throw the ball; he has skills," Chargers LB Dwight Freeney said. "They'll build something around him. Who knows when it happens, if it does happen. I know he can throw the ball. He should. He's the third pick in the draft."
Bortles is the fifth Jaguars quarterback to start a game during his rookie season. The others are Jonathan Quinn (1998), David Garrard (2002), Byron Leftwich (2003), and Blaine Gabbert (2011).