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Bortles enters earlier than expected

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The plan entering Thursday night’s Jaguars-Bears preseason game included Jacksonville using veteran quarterback Chad Henne in the first half and rookie quarterback Blake Bortles in the second.  But with 30 snaps for Henne and the starting offense and with time left in the second quarter, the Jaguars inserted Bortles into the game early.

The rookie promptly led the Jaguars offense on a nine-play, 50-yard drive that culminated in a 43-yard field goal from kicker Josh Scobee.  During that march, Bortles completed three of five passes for 50 yards.

Bortles returned with less than a minute on a drive that started deep in the Jacksonville end of the field.  He completed his first three passes but showed little sensitivity to the importance of allowing his wideouts to get out of bounds.  After spiking the ball with one second left, Bortles found receiver Allen Hurns in a gap in the deep zone coverage.  The 45-yard gain ended at the Chicago 23.

Bortles finished the half completing seven of 10 passes for 114 yards.

The Jaguars have given Bortles no first-team reps in practice or in the preseason, which strongly suggests that they intend to keep him on the bench when the regular season begins.  How long he stays there depends on how well Henne performs.

On Thursday night, Henne threw 17 passes, completing 12 and generating 130 yards and a touchdown.

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18 Responses to “Bortles enters earlier than expected”
  1. teal379 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:42 PM

    Nothing against the Jags but no one is going to confuse either QB for Aaron Rodgers.

    Seeing this performance, what’s going to happen when #12 is on the field?

  2. jakec4 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:45 PM

    Henne looks like he isn’t taking the back seat so easily. He looks far superior to Bortles.

  3. thegrigga49 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:46 PM

    The Jags are definitely on the rise. 2 more solid drafts and they will be contending with The Colts in the AFC South. Go Niners!!

  4. zoxitic says: Aug 14, 2014 9:48 PM

    Bortles = Legit

  5. joeytorontosucks says: Aug 14, 2014 10:17 PM

    Damn the kids got an arm. One of the first passes he rolled right and slung a missile to his wide out in coverage. Jacksonville is in good hands

  6. cwk22 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:39 PM

    Henne stunk at Miami. He stinks here. Gabbert was even worse because he couldn’t beat out Henne. And watching the game last week, Gabbert hasn’t gotten any better.

  7. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 14, 2014 10:47 PM

    Wow.

    Jags at home and shut out when it was 1 vs 1.

    And Trestman is an offensive genius?

    Vikings, the best franchise since the invention of fire will beat Chicago 400-0. SKOL

    Alright that last part was sarcasm.

  8. bassplucker says: Aug 14, 2014 10:51 PM

    Marc Trestman should be embarrassed. The Bears made a bottom 5 team look legit on national TV.

  9. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 14, 2014 11:28 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan who wanted Manziel, “Dang.” Bortles may end up being the man. I’m happy for Jags fans! Finally!!

  10. jagsfanugh says: Aug 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Bortles will be the starter soon. Guy has it.

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:10 AM

    afc championship browns vs jags

  12. shackdelrio says: Aug 15, 2014 12:13 AM

    Starting Henne is just delaying the inevitable. Bortles has been terrific this preseason. He looks legit.

  13. txbearmeat says: Aug 15, 2014 12:38 AM

    Keep in mind this was against the Bears faux-“defense”. I mean, they made Christian Ponder look good last year.

  14. jaxdolfan says: Aug 15, 2014 1:18 AM

    With the O line still in flux, he is better off waiting.

  15. seadawgs72 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:56 AM

    Damn i wish we could get coverage of the jags out here on the west coast. Our cable company doesn’t even offer NFL network. Guess it’s time to switch to dish. Up until now i didn’t have a 2nd team to pull for. I really wanna see this young kid play. 70% completion% is nothing to sneeze at. Also the jags are AFC so it shouldn’t be much of a conflict with my Hawks. Anyway, sounds like y’all just might have a good one that could be around for a long time. Go Jags!

  16. 49erfan44 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:04 AM

    The kid looks good. Granted, would like to see him against starters and real defense, but he looks crisp.

  17. axespray says: Aug 15, 2014 2:32 AM

    Should put an asterisk next to his stats – since he was going against the soft and crappy 31st ranked defense.

  18. arianil985 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:10 AM

    I wish my Vikings would have traded up for Bortles instead of taking Bustwater.

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