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08/24/15 - QB Blake Bortles has had the luxury of a consistent offensive line in the first two preseason games. Bortles played with the same five guys all 29 plays in the opener and the same five guys for 30 plays in the second game with the Giants. He's only had one sack in each of those games.
08/03/15 - QB Blake Bortles continues to be the center of attention during training camp. It's widely understood the Jaguars' offense can only be better if Bortles takes his game to another level than what he showed a year ago during a trying rookie season.
Bortles had a strong showing in OTAs and stayed in the area to work with Jaguars receivers in the six weeks that the team was off during the summer. The dividends from the offseason practices and summer workouts seem to be paying off as the second-year quarterback from Central Florida has looked sharp. Head coach Gus Bradley has continued to spew positive reports on his quarterback during the team's opening days of training camp. He said Bortles' grasp of the offense under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson has been good.
"He came in and had a better handle of our offense. That has allowed him to come in and play faster. We talk about playing with absence of fear, to have no fear," Bradley said. "They have to have no doubt and in order to have no doubt, you've got to put the time in. So to me, you're seeing him play with no doubt and no fear and that's a good sign.
"He'll make some mistakes, but he'll come back. I think he threw an interception off a tipped ball and then he came back and completed a pass the next play and went for it again. All of those things especially at this time of the year these guys need to figure out who they're throwing to and what skill-sets they have. We talked to them in the team meeting about discover your skills both offensively and defensively, and they've got to find those things out in these practices."
12/28/14 - QB Blake Bortles showcased the moxie to give Jaguars fans reason for hope. With Texans defensive end J.J. Watt bearing down on him, Bortles completed an 18-yard, fourth-down pass to Cecil Shorts III on the final Jacksonville drive, then followed that effort with a 34-yard run to the Texans' 10-yard line. The Jaguars fell short, but Bortles displayed the mettle necessary to prove that he is a viable franchise quarterback.
12/28/14 - QB Blake Bortles passed for 117 yards and set a franchise mark for passing yards by a rookie with 2,908. Byron Leftwich held the team record of 2,819 set in 2003. Bortles finished second to Oakland QB Derek Carr for passing yards by a rookie this season.
12/20/14 - QB Blake Bortles has a sore foot after playing against Tennessee, but the Jaguar say he came out of the game really well and there is little doubt he will play.