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Blake Bortles to play quarter with starters against Lions

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All offseason, we have heard that the plan in Jacksonville is for Blake Bortles to spend his rookie season as a backup quarterback behind Chad Henne.

Until Henne is on the field in the regular season opener, there will be people wondering if Bortles can force a course correction with his strong play in the preseason. That group will only grow if Bortles were to turn in the same kind of strong performance while playing with the starters, something he hasn’t had a chance to do yet.

That will change next week. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Bradley announced on Friday that Bortles will play a quarter with the starters when the Jags face the Lions next Friday night in Detroit. Bortles will also work with the first team at practice leading up to the game.

Giving Bortles time with the starters will, at the very least, give the Jaguars an idea of how he’d handle the job if he’s thrust into the lineup during the regular season. If Bortles plays well, though, Bradley and company will have to reassess their decision since there’s no reason to leave Bortles as the quarterback of the future if he’s the best choice in the here and now.

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49 Responses to “Blake Bortles to play quarter with starters against Lions”
  1. charliebatch1 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    To be fair, if he shreds the lions secondary…. well you know the rest. Matt Flynn Jan 1st, 2012 anyone?? Hasn’t done anything since.

  2. bobfromcali says: Aug 15, 2014 1:24 PM

    Gus was on the Seahawks staff when they went with an experimental third round qb named Russell Wilson. How did that turn out for them?

    Good luck Gus, you’re still well respected in Seattle.

  3. thepftpoet says: Aug 15, 2014 1:25 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater > Blake Bortles > Johnny Manziel > Derek Carr.

  4. robigd says: Aug 15, 2014 1:26 PM

    Watching this guy call the offense and change plays at the LOS in only his 2nd game was magical. I see Bortles having a similar or better career than Big Ben.

  5. dalcow4 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:27 PM

    As Bortles continues to play well and get better, Jags fans hopes rise to the exact degree Texans fans discontent grows.

  6. marty2020 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:29 PM

    It is such a nice problem to have. Bortles is the anti-Gabbert. Gabbert was good in practice, and then he shrank in the games. Bortles is a gamer. He’s okay in practice, but when the lights go on, he becomes elite.

    Shad Khan needs to give Dave Caldwell a million dollar bonus.

  7. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    I will watch this game. I like Bortles. Jags fans should be excited. They finally have a QB

  8. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    I bet the Browns are kicking themselves right about now! Oh, the Vikes too!

  9. billswillnevermove says: Aug 15, 2014 1:31 PM

    Good for him……..I still say if they judge him to be the best QB come opening day, he should start, period. Things might be looking up for the Jags.

  10. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:34 PM

    If hes ready, then hes ready. That would be a huge deal for a Franchise who has been bad for so long. Can you imagine if the Jags were a real threat? All it really takes is a qb and a defense.

  11. wchadwicks says: Aug 15, 2014 1:39 PM

    I think they’re close to handing him the keys. The vets on the sidelines were watching him last night. They know he belongs. He might as well be in on this turn around from the start of his career.

  12. mwatts1 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:39 PM

    Great looking QB!

  13. pftfan says: Aug 15, 2014 1:40 PM

    Bortles is looking good.

    It was a gutsy pick for the Jags to make, but I really hope he’s their franchise QB for a long time.

  14. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 15, 2014 1:42 PM

    Bradley should be fired on the spot if Bortles is on the bench week one.

  15. boomgrounder says: Aug 15, 2014 1:43 PM

    HC Gus Bradley said before the preseason started that Bortles would get some time playing with the “ones” in the preseason. Relax! Just sticking with, “The Plan”.

  16. codythao35 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:52 PM

    Let’s see Suh put his 300+pound on this guy and how he feels.

  17. phinsfanjoz says: Aug 15, 2014 1:59 PM

    The only question Chad Henne is capable of answering is “Oh no, our QB went down. Do we have another?”

    You don’t draft a QB at #3 overall unless you believe he can help you win now.

    The Jaguars have everything, and then some, to gain by letting Bortles prove himself on the field. They have more or less nothing to lose, except a few more games.

    The risk-reward is too high by playing Bortles, and let’s be realistic, almost nonexistent by playing Henne.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bortles named the starter. I would be surprised if, come Week 1, Chad Henne is the starter.

    Play Bortles! Swing for the fences!

  18. edavidberg says: Aug 15, 2014 1:59 PM

    Bortles has looked fantastic but teams don’t blitz in the pre-season. How he handles the blitz is going to tell us a lot about whether he is ready to start Day 1.

  19. nflfan1326 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:59 PM

    Browns and Vikes aren’t kicking themselves. The Jags picked ahead of them.

  20. jdslingin says: Aug 15, 2014 2:00 PM

    Blake deserves this opportunity based on how he’s played so far. Henne really hasn’t done anything to distance himself and his up/down lack of consistency has been on display through 2 games. This just got interesting.

  21. dadsource says: Aug 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    20 year Jags fan here, but definitely not a homer- I call ‘em out like I see em. Bortles isn’t ready yet, but he’s darn close. Still some suspect footwork and questionable throws, could easily have had one picked last night. Threw a ball in the dirt. The only plays Henne threw incomplete were drops. Henne makes reads well and QUICKLY, and throws a nice ball. Bortles is leaps and bounds from where he was, and he’ll start sometime this season. But honestly, that’s not the exciting thing about Jacksonville.

    The defensive line and safety make it blasted FUN to watch the defense. Red Bryant and Chris Clemmons may not get many sacks, but they literally push two blockers into a hole and close off a play. The young bucks Branch and Marks are licking their chops and getting some sick hits. They shut down the run, force the pass, and then the fun begins. They rarely even blitz because they don’t have to. Ziggy Hood is clogging up the middle, and Alualu will make a nice compliment. Cyprien reads run well, and put a hat on a lot of people last night.

    The glaring hole was across the middle of the defense, Pozlusny being out really hurt. The backup linebacker bit on coverage every time, and Clausen/Cutler made him pay.

    Only 2 of the top 6 receivers in Jax are even healthy or able to play, and they still looked good. Remember, with the 1’s and 2’s, the Jags were up on the Bears on the road 19-6.

    I feel good!

  22. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    nflfan1326 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:59 PM
    Browns and Vikes aren’t kicking themselves. The Jags picked ahead of them.
    —————
    Yeah because teams NEVER trade up in the draft do they? smh

  23. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 15, 2014 2:13 PM

    Bortles looked great against the Bears twos. He needs a shot vs. some ones just to get a feel for it. He could come out and go 15-15 with 2 TDs and Henne would still start Week One.

  24. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:15 PM

    The Lions garbage team will get embarrassed and destroyed by Bortles and this new Jags team!

    2 season above .500 in the past 15 years, Lions are a horrid, pitiful franchise!

  25. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 15, 2014 2:18 PM

    charliebatch1 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    To be fair, if he shreds the lions secondary…. well you know the rest. Matt Flynn Jan 1st, 2012 anyone?? Hasn’t done anything since.

    ——————————————-

    To be realistic, shredding the Lions secondary is so easy High school offense could do it.

  26. Big Ant TV says: Aug 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    As a browns fan that attended the draft live n i will keep saying this we should have picked bortles

  27. tinbender2000 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Out of Bortles, Manzel and Bilgewater Bortles is the only one that will still be in the league in five years.

  28. dbfan4ever says: Aug 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Bradley would be foolish because Bortles is already a better qb than Henne

  29. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    The Vikings on draft day: “Oh, Bortles is gone? Screw it, let’s take that baby hand guy and see if we can get number one overall next year”

  30. warhammer420 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    Bortles looks good so far. I find it hard to believe they will sit him this entire season. Chad Henne is an average QB at best.

  31. FreewayJim says: Aug 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    I was not that high on Bortles around Draft Day but it looks like I’m going to be wrong and that’s fine.

    I’m happy for Blake and Jags fans, looks like a bright future ahead if they can put a decent team around him.

  32. lks311 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:23 PM

    poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says:
    Aug 15, 2014 2:18 PM
    charliebatch1 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    To be fair, if he shreds the lions secondary…. well you know the rest. Matt Flynn Jan 1st, 2012 anyone?? Hasn’t done anything since.

    ——————————————-

    To be realistic, shredding the Lions secondary is so easy High school offense could do it.
    ___________

    Complete brain-dead Lemming comments. Lions were 16th in Total Defense and 23rd against the pass. Not great, but, there were 9 teams worse. Best I can figure, that’s like two Divisions.

  33. lks311 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:31 PM

    2013
    Most Defensive Passing Yards – Eagles
    Best Completion % Against – Rams/Raiders
    Best Passing Rating Against – Raiders
    Most Passing TDs Against – Vikings
    Lions? Middle of the pack in all those categories.

    So, why does everyone think the Lions pass D is the worst?

  34. skunkgoosefly says: Aug 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    Matt Flynn hasn’t done anything since? Did you see him carve up Dallas in the second half last year?Brought the team back. He was clutch in that game. Great execution and great scheme.

  35. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 15, 2014 3:57 PM

    If I’m the Lion’s coach, I wouldn’t allow the Jags to determine who I play. I would have my starters in for a set number of plays, or even a quarter, but after that, I would put my 2nd team or even third team defense in against whoever the Jags put in as second QB. For this reason, Jags should start Bortles.

  36. logicalvoicesinmyhead says: Aug 15, 2014 4:03 PM

    I can’t believe that I’m looking forward to watch Jags games (assuming Bortles starts). – Eagles Fan

  37. leatherface2012 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:10 PM

    BUT then, if he gets injured, it looks like a bad and wasted pick

  38. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:19 PM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:42 PM
    Bradley should be fired on the spot if Bortles is on the bench week one.
    ………………………………………………..

    Wheres your head at?

  39. Bridgeh2O4ROY says: Aug 15, 2014 4:46 PM

    Lol, how many QBs look like Joe Montana in preseason then go on to stink! Silly little minds some of you!
    Hands down, Bridgewater will be the premier QB in this draft class! He is learning Norv Turners complex offense. It is nothing like studying Bill Musgraves 4 play gameplan

  40. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 15, 2014 5:08 PM

    Lions secondary isnt the best, thats for sure, but they should be improved with Delmas gone. I know that hurts some bandwagon fans because they all thought he was the greatest player ever, but in reality other than his 09 rookie season, he has been average at best EVEN WHEN HEALTHY. Our safeties are much better with Quin and Ihedigbo.

  41. bucsorbust says: Aug 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    He’s looked good two weeks in a row against other teams’ backups. The only way to see if he can run with the big dogs is to let him run with the big dogs. Not a Jax fan per se, but not agnostic either as I will root for the Florida team when needed. I will say few around the league are talking about the Jax D line….which has looked pretty good as well. Jax may have a surprisingly good year.

  42. bucsorbust says: Aug 15, 2014 5:17 PM

    First the Jags stole the Bucs best Member Relations rep (Nikki Bowie), leaving the Bucs with an absolute moron as the manager reamaining….and now the Jags threaten to have a good team this year. Good on ‘em.

  43. largent80100 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:19 PM

    He’s earned it.

    Jags should start him by week 1, they drafted him #3 overall and their starter is Henne.

  44. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 15, 2014 5:45 PM

    @largent80100

    Dont tell UofM fans that. They still think he should have been a 1st round pick.

  45. jamezz23 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:10 PM

    Tighten up that chin strap man. Lions front 4 will be after you

  46. tommyribs says: Aug 15, 2014 6:31 PM

    This guy Bortles looks like the real deal.

    Great pick Jacksonville Jaguars!

    Your team is headed in the right direction.

    This GIANTS fan wishes you luck.

  47. wiztopher says: Aug 15, 2014 7:22 PM

    Gotta say, I watched that game last night n that dude Bottles looks like real deal holyfield.

  48. deezenucks says: Aug 15, 2014 10:15 PM

    I gotta say it’s been a long time since I’ve seen some solid jags articles and have read some positive comments. We appreciate the well wishes, the fans have waited a long time for the turnaround, here’s hoping it works out!

  49. warjag55 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:06 AM

    London,Tarps,Los Angeles,Blackouts and just plain bad. This is what we in Jacksonville are used to!

    Now I guess this article with comments is complete

    We are on the rise!

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