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Blake Bortles impressing Jaguars with his study habits


After taking a moment to catch his breath, Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles got back to work impressing his new teammates.

Though they’ve been clear that they want Chad Henne to start this year, Bortles made a good impression after his first day of work with the veterans at OTAs yesterday.

“I thought he did a great job going to the right place with the ball,” Henne said, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union. “He made some good plays out there. He’s a good kid. He comes in the mornings, asks questions and watches film.”

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch also praised Bortles’ approach.

“He is committed to working hard and doing things right,” Fisch said. “His study habits have been excellent. His questions have been excellent.”

The Jaguars, and many others, thought Bortles had the highest ceiling of any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft. And the Jags are intent on making him earn his time this year, with a solid stop-gap in Henne in place.

So while other teams have to insulate their rookie from prying eyes and wonder what’s happening off the field, Bortles is grinding away quietly with the second team in Jacksonville.

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24 Responses to “Blake Bortles impressing Jaguars with his study habits”
  1. irishinyourface says: May 28, 2014 9:26 AM


  2. r8rsfan says: May 28, 2014 9:33 AM

    Never heard a guy praised so much for asking questions.

  3. jjblueflames says: May 28, 2014 9:47 AM

    Bortles hasn’t played a game yet so all the hype is vaporware at this point. But, you have to like the plan the Jaguars are working to become competitive. I am impressed by the leadership shown by owner Shad Khan & GM David Caldwell to lay a strong foundation. Free Agent Dekoda Watson said in an interview that Jacksonville was the last team on his list until he met Gus Bradley and his PowerPoint presentation. There is an energy and excitement around this team again. Jaguar fans don’t expect-or-deman a top-tier team this year, but we are excited about the direction this team is headed.

  4. bmore44 says: May 28, 2014 9:49 AM

    Henne Said , He’s a good kid. Lol. Chad your not even 6 yrs older than Bortles. Lol. Calling him a kid. He’s not 5. I can see coaches saying kid ,but come on you were born 1985. I have socks older than you.

  5. bengalsucker says: May 28, 2014 9:50 AM

    Bortles is studying and working to perfect his craft while Manziel is out partying. We see whose priorities are straight here.

  6. qdog112 says: May 28, 2014 9:51 AM

    So basically, he’s doing what he should be doing. Every “new hire” should be putting the work to show he really wants to succeed in his new job, no matter what the job is.

    Only a kid taking bad advice would go into a new situation with the attitude that “I got this”. It’s not a good look to his bosses or his co-workers.

    Good luck to all the rookies who have the sense to know that perception matters.

  7. brownnorange00 says: May 28, 2014 9:58 AM

    Don’t count out Americas favorite QB Stanzi.

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: May 28, 2014 10:01 AM

    Gonna be a baller I think.

  9. smokim says: May 28, 2014 10:03 AM

    they should nick name this kid “The Tongue”

  10. jcmeyer10 says: May 28, 2014 10:22 AM

    QB coach picks up playbook and a Playboy slides out…

  11. clipper222 says: May 28, 2014 10:23 AM

    Acting like a professional is the first step towards being a professional. This kid seems to have the right attitude.

    If he works hard, the rest will fall in place.

  12. bornahawker says: May 28, 2014 10:29 AM

    First off Stanzi has yet to get a fair shake. Second, lets see is Bortles not running off to Vegas puts him ahead of ManZiel at end of season. These are the two lab rats for my test, study or party? What is best for a rookie QB?

  13. gojags says: May 28, 2014 10:38 AM

    He would be a very good QB in couple years.

  14. mousietongue says: May 28, 2014 10:52 AM

    I think I saw this same story when Gabbert was going through his 1st OTA’s………

  15. th56 says: May 28, 2014 10:58 AM

    OMG, he showed up for practice and was attentive! Already the best QB the Jags have ever had. Hurry up and give him an extension!

  16. harveyredman says: May 28, 2014 11:04 AM

    * 50% completion percentage for passes 10 yards and over.
    Get the QB coach to work on that, or he’ll be a bust.

  17. fordmandalay says: May 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    Nice shot at Johnny Football and the Factory of Sadness in the final para.

  18. chargerdillon says: May 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    Hey coach, what time is lunch?


  19. denverdude7 says: May 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    This is how a rookie quarterback should be acting.

    Then there’s the shining example and Alfred E. Newman look-a-like contest winner in Cleveland…

    Roll on Factory of Sadness !!!

  20. stevent92 says: May 28, 2014 12:07 PM

    In related news, Khalil Mack has impressed Oakland with his suit & gators.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    Once Jethro got the playbook right side up in his lap, it started to make more sense.

  22. ravens2xworldchamps says: May 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Why not throw him out there week 1? Henne isn’t gonna be winning any Super Bowls for Jacksonville..

  23. mdsayre says: May 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    Always thought he was the best QB in the draft, can’t believe he didn’t get more press coverage. By mid-season he’ll should be starting.

  24. raidermark says: May 29, 2014 1:27 AM

    Thank God they got fooled. Allowed the Raiduhs to get the best player of the draft! Thanks

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