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05/01/17 - QB Blake Bortles had the fifth-year option on his contract picked up for the 2018 season. Bortles, the Jaguars' first-round selection (third overall) in 2014, would make approximately $20 million -- the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks -- in the last season of his rookie deal. It is guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2018 league year in March before it becomes fully guaranteed. Bortles' performance dropped off in 2016 after his breakout season in 2015.
03/01/17 - QB Blake Bortles needs to get better and to do that, the Jacksonville Jaguars must improve around him. "I see Blake Bortles as our quarterback," first-year Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said at the Indiana Convention Center. New team president Tom Coughlin said the improvement starts with bolstering pass protection. Bortles was sacked 34 times in 2016, when he played with multiple shoulder injuries, after being taken down 51 times in 2015.
12/26/16 - QB Blake Bortles turned in his strongest showing of the season with a 325-yard passing effort against the Titans. Bortles connected on 26 of 38 passes for a season-best 68.2 percent accuracy mark. "It was his best game of the season," Marrone said. "I think more importantly, how good we were able to execute the deep ball. We were 6 for 11 for 141 yards and a touchdown, passes that were thrown at least 15 yards.
12/18/16 - QB Blake Bortles finished 12 of 28 for a season-low 92 yards and a season-worst 36.6 passer rating. His lone interception came with 61 seconds left on a pass picked off by Texas S Quintin Demps, sealing Houston's win.
12/12/16 - QB Blake Bortles did not throw an interception Sunday for just the fourth game this season.
Bortles, who entered the game with a league-leading 15 interceptions, finished 23 of 37 for 257 yards with one touchdown. Progress? Possibly. Bortles has mostly been a disappointment in his third season and is trying to salvage what is left of a frustrating year. "I wish I knew how to fix it and what the solution was," Bortles said of his struggles.