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08/25/14 - QB Blake Bortles had just come away from a third straight impressive preseason game. The Jaguars' rookie quarterback turned in his sharpest performance of the three preseason games with a 10-of-16 effort for 158 yards and one touchdown in less than a half worth of work. Bortles was quizzed about his effort and whether it could lead to a starting spot over incumbent Chad Henne.
But the rookie quarterback continued his, and the team's stance, on where things stood in the ongoing quarterback battle.
"From Day 1, (coach) Gus (Bradley) and (general manager) Dave Caldwell have talked about creating a stress-free and anxiety-free environment and that's exactly what it's been. It's been perfect," Bortles said. "It's been the perfect situation to learn and try to progress and get better. I know my role is the backup quarterback and to learn from Chad and ask as many questions as possible."
05/12/14 - Jaguars say Bortles will be developed slowly...Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley loves the competitive attitude that Bortles brings to the team. He lauded his work in leading Central Florida to a 12-1 season including a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor in which Bortles was named the game's offensive MVP after completing 20-of-31 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Bradley said he will put more emphasis on helping Bortles improve throughout the 2014 season. "My No. 1 mission right now is to provide this environment where he has a chance to improve," the Jaguars coach said. "I think if we can and we stay strict to it, he'll get a chance to improve at a faster pace. That's what we're really looking for. It might take him a year, might take them a half of a season. I think we've got to be patient. I think we've got to be really disciplined with him and stay on course."
Bortles is only the third quarterback that the Jaguars have drafted in the first round in their 19-year history. Byron Leftwich was picked No. 7 overall in 2003 and started 13 games as a rookie. He stayed with the Jaguars through his five-year rookie contract before he was let go. Gabbert was here less than that. Fans can only hope that Bortles doesn't follow a similar path than the previous two top-10 quarterback picks by the Jaguars. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Jaguars say Bortles will be developed slowly...Caldwell made it clear that last year's Jaguars starting quarterback, Chad Henne, will remain just that, heading into the 2014 season. "Chad knew all along when we re-signed him in the offseason we were honest with him and he's been great. We told him there was a chance we were going to draft a quarterback," Caldwell said. "I like what Chad's been doing in this offseason. He will probably give us the best chance of winning this year and Blake will be the guy of the future." Bortles comes to town with a winning attitude and impressive statistics. He appeared in 37 games for the Knights, starting his final 30 games. He passed for 7,598 yards and completed 65.7 percent of his passes and finished with 56 touchdown tosses.
But that was college and the NFL is a different level. Bortles knows he has an adjustment to make. "I obviously have some things I have to work on. I've never looked at an NFL playbook so there's going to be challenges that I'm going to have to overcome," Bortles said. "But I can't wait to get there and work to be the best I can be and start competing." Bortles even said he would be fine with not even appearing in a game his rookie season. "I would have no problem with it, but I would go into practice every day and prepare every day like I'm a starter. I think that's the kind of mindset you have to have when you are in that position. I would have no problem doing that and taking a full year to learn and soak up as much information as I can." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Jaguars say Bortles will be developed slowly...In the end, picking Blake Bortles as their quarterback for the future was simply too important for the Jacksonville Jaguars to pass up. When that future will start is the key question. One thing for certain, there won't be undo pressure put on Bortles to become an instant starter as a rookie. General manager Dave Caldwell made that clear in his opening statement in explaining why the Jaguars went with the former Central Florida starting quarterback. "We have a plan going forward about his development," Caldwell said. "This is not a quick journey, a race to the end. We will not rush him. Quarterback is such an important position, you want to do it right. This is something we want to build for the long term."
What Jaguars fans have to hope is that Bortles is not a clone of the last time that the Jaguars drafted a top-10 quarterback. That would be in 2011 when the Jaguars selected Blaine Gabbert of Missouri as the 10th overall pick. The two quarterbacks are similar in size: Bortels is an inch taller, Gabbert three pounds heavier. Gabbert never materialized as a starting quarterback for the Jaguars. He was pressed into service as a starter in the third game of his rookie season and struggled for the next 13 games. He finished with 2,214 passing yards, a 50.8 completion percentage and just one more touchdown (12) than interception (11). It never got better in either of the next two seasons either, as he battled injuries, bad throws and was the target of Jaguars boobirds. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Visiting with Jaguars officials in Jacksonville brought back old memories for Bortles who said he had been a fan of the team while growing up in Oveido, an Orlando suburb. "I grew up going to games there," Bortles said. "I have probably been to five or six games in my life. Last year I watched any time there was a (Jaguars) game on TV. I did watch many games the last few years." That being the case, Bortles is even more aware of the need for improved play at the quarterback position. The Jaguars haven't had a solid year at the spot since 2011 when David Garrard produced a 3,000-yard season in the air. - The Sports Xchange