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Blake Bortles impressing coaches with his progress

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Unlike other first-round quarterbacks, Blake Bortles has been able to navigate through his rookie training camp without much notice.

But his Jaguars coaches have noticed his work, and say he’s progressing well toward the stated goal of being ready to play at some point after this year’s opener.

“I think that one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he’s never done before,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “He’s had OTAs and minicamp and then now he’s got four weeks to figure out what is he going to do. I thought he really prepared so he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be.”

Bortles has a comfort zone, in that the Jaguars built their plan around Chad Henne starting this year, so as not to rush the No. 3 overall pick in before he was ready, or the parts were around him to succeed.

But Fisch said Bortles has impressed with how he has developed within the offense, and the fact he’s able to grow comfortably might allow him to grow faster.

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27 Responses to “Blake Bortles impressing coaches with his progress”
  1. chawkup says: Jul 31, 2014 1:18 PM

    Never thought I’d say this, but the Jags are looking like geniuses for passing on the circus act that is Johnny Football and going with Boring Blake instead.

  2. brandonj21 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:20 PM

    Jake Locker 2.0

  3. kodatrout says: Jul 31, 2014 1:22 PM

    He will be the only decent QB from this draft.

  4. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 31, 2014 1:25 PM

    Was not shocked he was the first QB taken.
    Was shocked he was taken so high.

    I’m interested to see him progress.

  5. milkmandanimal says: Jul 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    Wait, you mean a coach was impressed by a rookie in training camp?

    That NEVER happens.

  6. bbb82 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:30 PM

    I’m sure his progress can be directly tied to his NOT going to a tavern after practice.

  7. billswillnevermove says: Jul 31, 2014 1:35 PM

    Unlike other first-round quarterbacks, Blake Bortles has been able to navigate through his rookie training camp without much notice………..and they won’t notice him either once he takes over. Blaine Gabbert II….jpaq68 approves of this post.

  8. DrSteveBrule says: Jul 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    The main difference between Locker and Bortles is that Bortles was a good QB in college.

  9. tjacks7 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Bridgewater will be the only solid starter or better QB from this draft.

  10. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Jul 31, 2014 1:45 PM

    Gabbert 2.0

  11. fordmandalay says: Jul 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    They might actually go 3-13 this year instead of 2-14!

  12. rickgjags says: Jul 31, 2014 1:53 PM

    It’s nice to see negative comments about Jacksonville. It just shows you have nothing positive to say about your own team. Come back in 2/3 years and let’s compare notes.

  13. jirashon says: Jul 31, 2014 1:55 PM

    Cards GM Steve Keim said he was a franchise QB. That’s something to consider.

  14. 34defense2014 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he’s never done before. Dugh, really? I would have never thought that? No, never lol

  15. cardiovascularendurance says: Jul 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    The Jags could have a nice little thing going with Bortles and Lee. It will be interesting to see how those guys grow together.

  16. dalcow4 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:20 PM

    Texans fans are going to have a very long season watching this guy excel.

  17. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 31, 2014 2:28 PM

    The Jaguars have him learning and developing the right way. He will be better prepared and confident when he does play.

    In Cleveland I’m not sure the pressure has hit anyone yet and time is being wasted.

    In Minnesota with Bridgewater they are out to wreck the rookie. They keep sugar coating how wonderful he is and how easy it is to be a QB.
    Reality will crush the unprepared like a tsunami.

    The Jaguars are investing in the future. It takes time but the rewards are so much greater. Don’t look for his to start next year with the Jaguars.

    OB’s take time to develop no matter how impatient the media is.

  18. thehawg says: Jul 31, 2014 2:34 PM

    How’s Stephen Morris doing?

  19. leagueobservr says: Jul 31, 2014 2:36 PM

    The Jaguars are a franchise on the rise. Taking Bortles and then following up with two quality wide receivers in a draft that was deep at that position will form the foundation for a resurgence in Jacksonville. I too am of the opinion that, in the end, Bortles will prove to be the best quarterback of this draft class, better than Bridgewater, and yes, better than Manziel…

  20. khmer379 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:50 PM

    He ok.. He’s better then Jonny eightball but Bridgewater will have a better career IMO

  21. rajbais says: Jul 31, 2014 2:54 PM

    Headline from one year ago:
    “Blaine Gabbert depressing coaches with his lack of progress.”

    Boy, changes have been made.

  22. jpaq68 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:09 PM

    The Troll billswillnevermove says:
    Unlike other first-round quarterbacks, Blake Bortles has been able to navigate through his rookie training camp without much notice………..and they won’t notice him either once he takes over. Blaine Gabbert II
    __________________________

    I thought EJ Manuel was Blaine Gabbert 2.0

  23. brandonj21 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:36 PM

    It’s nice to see negative comments about Jacksonville. It just shows you have nothing positive to say about your own team. Come back in 2/3 years and let’s compare notes.

    ___________________________

    2/3 years your team will be in London.

  24. kayakattack says: Jul 31, 2014 5:25 PM

    Yeah they are moving? That’s why the owner just spent a few million dollars in renovations

  25. simonator917 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:25 PM

    I’m not a Pats fan, but I still think the best quarterback from this draft class is Jimmy Garapolo.

  26. huskywolverine says: Jul 31, 2014 11:54 PM

    Bortles and Locker are completely different players. Jake is probably one of the fastest players at the QB position in the NFL, and is a running QB in the Vick mold. Locker ran the Wing-T in High School for crying out loud.

    Honestly, Bortles looks like Gabbert. Gabbert ran the spread at Mizzou and had some athleticism, but he was raw. I don’t quite get why the Jags replaced Gabbert with Bortles. Its like Tenn replacing Vince Young with Locker, which didn’t quite make sense either.

  27. therillest says: Aug 1, 2014 12:57 AM

    Morris looks better than Blake right now because he already knows the offense……..but Blake has a higher ceiling. The Jags would be smart to not play Morris much in preseason as to not start some silly back up controversy.

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