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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).
09/26/14 - QB Blake Bortles got the abundance of snaps with the No. 1 offensive team this week. He'll get the start on Sunday and barring injury, is expected to play the entire game.
09/21/14 - QB Blake Bortles is going to put up some offensive numbers. Against the same Colts' defense that held Chad Henne to 33 passing yards in the first half, Bortles accounted for 223 yards through the air in just the second half. Stretched over a whole game, Bortles' numbers would read 28 of 48 for 446 yards and four touchdowns. It isn't likely he would have put similar numbers on the Colts in the first two quarters, but it's an indication that the Jaguars' offense will be better than when Henne was starting.
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