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Blake Bortles making Jaguars think about his timetable

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So far, the Jaguars have insisted they don’t want to push rookie quarterback Blake Bortles out there before he’s ready.

But coach Gus Bradley did leave the door open after the third-overall pick turned in an impressive debut last night.

The original plan was to let Chad Henne take all the work with the first offense until the fourth preseason game, but Bradley hedged on that last night.

“We’ll keep evaluating it,” Bradley said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. We’ll see how it progresses — we’ll see how the fourth game goes. It could happen earlier, depending on how things go.”

That’s all a fan base needs to hear to whip itself into a lather, but Bortles himself wanted to take things slowly after his 7-of-11 for 117 yard performance (which included three dropped passes).

“I thought it was all right,” Bortles said. “It’s a process and it’s not going to happen overnight so there were some good reads and some bad reads, some good footwork and some bad footwork. It’s stuff I’ll continue to work on.”

Chad Henne’s just fine, and the Jaguars have maintained he was the starter. But that’s more about protecting Bortles and making sure he has time to develop properly than anything Henne himself has done to deserve the nod.

But the way Bortles played Friday night certainly appears to have given them something to think about.

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24 Responses to “Blake Bortles making Jaguars think about his timetable”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Aug 9, 2014 12:29 PM

    Can’t wait till the Vikins, Browns, and Jags realize that their “veteren” QB is terrible for a reason.

  2. slbasegame257 says: Aug 9, 2014 12:32 PM

    He did look really good. Reminds me a little of Russell Wilson’s first preseason game.

  3. zoxitic says: Aug 9, 2014 12:33 PM

    I know it’s only preseason but in his first live action Bortles looked like a six year veteran.

  4. mtheparrothead says: Aug 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    @joeflacco,

    That may be true. However they’re all on rookie contracts. What’s the excuse for Baltimore’s crappy qb making $100+ million?

    Take my chances with bottles any day over what I know I’d get with the unibrow.

  5. raiderufan says: Aug 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    Just talking physically looking at him on the field and his manuerisms….did anyone else think Big Ben got traded to Jax?

  6. jaxboydavid says: Aug 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    As of last night watching the game, I say start the man!! We’ve finally hit a home run with getting our QB. Haven’t had a good one since brunell & garrard was pretty good too. But that O-line needs some work still, so I say start bortles when the line gets acclimated cause henne is well…henne. & jags fans know what that means. Either way, the buzz around DUVAL is exciting again & it’s a great time to be a Jags fan!! We’ll definitely be playoff contenders every year starting by 2015, but who knows, the AFC south is so bad, we can probably sneak a WC :)

  7. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    This is how a rookie qb does it Minnesota.

  8. abninf says: Aug 9, 2014 12:55 PM

    The Jags got a franchise QB. That dude is gonna be good. But they don’t need to screw it up. Take it slow, it’s not like they’re winning the Superbowl this season.

  9. gentlebenno says: Aug 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    Why wouldn’t they start him. What have they got to lose?

  10. lionstildeath says: Aug 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    Lol it is preseason still …

  11. DaveKShape says: Aug 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    I really hope this guy is as good as he seems to be. It’ll make the AFC South a really fun division for a decade plus. Luck/Bortles clashing head to head 2 times a season, plus throw in whoever the Texans will likely draft in the first round next year (Mariota/Winston?) and it’ll be a good time all around.

  12. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:32 PM

    I like Bortles but in order to be successful in this league he has got to shorten his release. He winds up almost as bad as byron leftwich. He drops the ball all the way down to his waist before throwing. That is going to lead to a lot of picks against first team NFL defenses.

  13. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 9, 2014 1:57 PM

    It was against 2nd stringers. The Jags are 100% correct in not getting ahead of themselves. Bortles will be good, but in time.

  14. corchamp says: Aug 9, 2014 2:35 PM

    It was against 2nd stringers that is true…also had a crappy 2nd string offensive blocking for him and with all their suspensions and injuries to WR he was throwing to 4th and 5th string UDFA receivers

  15. skawh says: Aug 9, 2014 2:40 PM

    If there’s a single rookie QB whose ready for game one of the season that will be Bortles…remember you heard it here first!

  16. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    Looked 1000x better than Bustwater.

  17. FinFan68 says: Aug 9, 2014 3:06 PM

    He looked pretty good last night. The only thing I question may be arm strength. I didn’t see any lasers but that may be by design. It just seemed like a few balls kinda floated in there (although the accuracy was good). I can’t say start him based on this but it does appear that the Jags may have found their long-term QB (assuming he progresses the average level). He was the most competent looking QB in that game

  18. drhenning says: Aug 9, 2014 3:16 PM

    Don’t know FinFan what you were watching…. I saw several well thrown down the field passes, a couple that were dropped.. Reminded some of us of Byron on the longer passes but he had touch for the shorter balls which BL never did.. He also stood tall in the pocket which our last 1st round QB never did….

  19. bucmanaz says: Aug 9, 2014 3:58 PM

    Best qb on the field in that game for sure.

  20. peefrimgar says: Aug 9, 2014 4:02 PM

    Brandon Weeden looked good, too. Bortles might become good eventually, but let’s pump the brakes a little bit, it’s still the preseason.

  21. broncostevenp says: Aug 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    Play the kid

  22. jaxbeachjagfan says: Aug 9, 2014 7:36 PM

    Rookie hasn’t even seen how Defenses will morph as he steps under center. So far, so good.

    Read where Russell Wilson didn’t take 1st team snaps until the 3rd preseason game.

    If Bortles earns it, over a “functional” Henne, gotta let the kid drive the car. [/covers eyes]

  23. fullhouseofcards says: Aug 9, 2014 7:56 PM

    Settle down. It is pre-season against guys that might not even make the team and vanilla defensive schemes.

  24. dadsource says: Aug 10, 2014 10:41 AM

    Uh, settle down kids. No controversy here. One or two series against 2’s and 3’s? He may be good to great, I sure hope so, but I’m not going to call for him to start against Philly on week one.

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