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Bortles may make it tough for Jaguars to keep him on the bench


The plan all along has been for Jaguars first-round draft pick Blake Bortles to spend his rookie season on the bench, learning the NFL game while Chad Henne starts at quarterback in Jacksonville. But Bortles is making it tough for the Jaguars’ coaching staff to stick to that plan.

Bortles completed 11 of 17 passes for 160 yards on Thursday night at Chicago, and he looked very comfortable running the Jaguars’ offense. That puts him at 18-of-28 passes for 277 yards through two games of the preseason, and perhaps most importantly, he hasn’t turned the ball over yet.

It’s a confidence booster,” Bortles said after the game. “It’s one of our big points of emphasis, so having no turnovers is huge for us.”

The Jaguars’ website went so far as to dub the buzz around Bortles as “BortlesMania,” although the team is still insisting that Henne will be the starter this season.

Henne played fairly well against the Bears, and there seems to be little doubt that he’ll be the starter for Week One. But the way Bortles has played in the preseason, it’s going to be hard for the Jaguars to justify keeping him on the bench if Henne struggles. This wasn’t supposed to be a competition, but Bortles is turning it into one.

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  1. bmoreb says: Aug 15, 2014 6:31 AM

    BortlesMania ? Dude needs to at least roll up a 20 before he gets that type of cred.


    Johnny F

  2. rg3enoughsaid says: Aug 15, 2014 6:39 AM

    Actually dont want to see him, the no huddle, and his quick releases over the middle in week 2

  3. zoxitic says: Aug 15, 2014 6:41 AM

    Bortles = Legit

  4. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 6:41 AM

    Jags are looking tough.

  5. tooz72 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:42 AM

    just put he and Manziel in the HOIF right now, the way the media rides their nuts, they don’t even need to play one down in the NFL

  6. jags370z says: Aug 15, 2014 6:49 AM

    While he did look good, let’s just let our guys in charge make the correct choices for the future of our franchise. Bortles played with a limited play book and against the 2’s, he looked great but we still need to slowly build his body of work to give him the career confidence to take over our franchise and be “the man”. At any rate, go jags!! There is plenty of room on the bandwagon, so hop on before it gets to far down the road 🙂

  7. Eli Pacheco says: Aug 15, 2014 6:49 AM

    The Jags are built to win NOW. You gotta play the kid. The Lombardi trophy does’t grow on trees.

  8. bcgreg says: Aug 15, 2014 6:50 AM

    Let’s pump the brakes on Bortles and Manziel. Remember when everyone was pumping up Mark Sanchez with Franchez and Sanchise nicknames? How’d that work out? Let these guys do something before you annoint them. Geesh.

  9. descendency says: Aug 15, 2014 6:53 AM

    He hasn’t even thrown a TD!!!

    He’s no Jimmy Garoppollo.

  10. jimmysee says: Aug 15, 2014 6:54 AM

    Hey that’s the idea!

    And that’s why preseason is so fascinating.

  11. countmahdrof says: Aug 15, 2014 6:55 AM

    Easy call since Henne looked better than Bortles last night and has in camp as well per all accounts. Bortles didn’t look bad, though.

  12. ravenswhat says: Aug 15, 2014 6:58 AM

    Reality is going to BITE when Bortles is in there when the opposing 1st team actually cares.

  13. schmokes says: Aug 15, 2014 7:04 AM

    If the Jags can manage to play the opposing team’s 2nd string defense all season, Bortles might be all right….

  14. gojags says: Aug 15, 2014 7:13 AM

    18-28. includes a spike and 3-4 well thrown dropped balls. Impressed with his no huddle offense and what he does in the Line Of Scrimmage. Looks like a real QB after all the days.

    Just get that wibe when Bortles is in the huddle. Maybe thats what the call as the intangibles.

  15. bbb82 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:21 AM

    In 2011 pre-season, Colt McCoy went 19 of 28 attempts for 231 yards with 4 TDs and no interceptions. His completion rate was 67.9% and his QB rating was 132.6.

    Pre-season, folks.

  16. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:23 AM

    Couple completions against some guys that’ll be watching games on their couch next month. Knee-jerk reaction. This guy is a bust.

  17. billswillnevermove says: Aug 15, 2014 7:25 AM

    This kid looks good. If he is the best QB going into week one, he should start regardless. I have to say, I’m impressed. Good luck to you Jag fans this upcoming season.

  18. wiztopher says: Aug 15, 2014 7:32 AM

    Jags are def improving with Bradley. Bortles looked like a young superstar n Bradley has assembled a baby seahawks defense. I bet they’ll be playoff relevant in two seasons.

  19. zoxitic says: Aug 15, 2014 7:34 AM

    B2 Bomber

  20. windycitymonstersofthemidway says: Aug 15, 2014 7:41 AM

    Slow the roll, Jags fans. Bortles MAY be good, but he also may only be beneficiary to the Bears totally miserable, POS defense. Everybody is gonna look like a start against this Defense. Bears DC needed to be fired at the end of last year, and he still needs to be fired, now. No scheme, no leadership, no D.

  21. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 15, 2014 7:41 AM

    Anyone can look good against those clowns that call themselves Bears.


  22. buddysguys says: Aug 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    looked great against 2nd team Bears Defense who’s starters were 30th in the league last year in total defense.

    hype machine has a full tank of gas and is running strong.

  23. baddegg says: Aug 15, 2014 7:45 AM

    You don’t draft a guy that high to ride him on the bench. See Manziel, Johnny.

  24. 6ball says: Aug 15, 2014 7:48 AM

    Let him play the first half against the Lions starters next week at Detroit. That should give a clear indication of his progress.

  25. george1859 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:52 AM

    Bortles IS legit.
    Looking up in Jax.
    Congrats from Buffalo.

  26. bassplucker says: Aug 15, 2014 7:54 AM

    Bortles looked good but the Bears stunk up the field in all 3 phases too. Bears may have won on the scoreboard but the Jags looked like the more talented and better coached team by a ways.

  27. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:55 AM

    Johnny Manziel is popular. He makes the headlines. Hes been dominating the news since he got drafted by the Clowns,


    Blake Bortles can actually play in the NFL. Hes the real deal. I bet the Jags could be beat up that Clowns defense with Bortles at QB

  28. ssraebel says: Aug 15, 2014 8:01 AM

    He is looking like a good QB so far. I am going to temper my enthusiasm until I see a string of good regular season games played. Unlike some other posters that have drafted a QB and think the guy is great already cough Bridgewater cough Manziel cough – I want my QB to actually play well. It is nice to see Blake playing so well right now but after watching our QB’s of the past – Leftwich and Gabbert – that we drafted in the 1st round, I want this to be a slow burn and I want to see Blake make it.

    I do think it is going to be tough to sit Blake all year long with the way he is playing. He is our future QB so why wait too long?

    Brighter days ahead. Go Jags!

  29. urmomsmyho says: Aug 15, 2014 8:12 AM

    Dude can sling it and he appears to have good instincts. What else can you ask for?

  30. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 15, 2014 8:23 AM

    So happy The Texans took a life long De and put him at olb instead of bortles. Can’t wait for teams to put clowney in hurry up and pass on him over and over again. Maybe they should trade for henne?

  31. notthetroll says: Aug 15, 2014 8:34 AM

    Soooooooooo………. where’s the mandatory delusion about Ted and greatness and superbowls?

  32. willjasper says: Aug 15, 2014 8:38 AM

    He’s playing against back-ups. Lets not make him the king of football yet.

  33. stylers69 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 AM

    He looked good, but against second tier defenders. Don’t forget this is preseason, lets see how he does in real games before we annoint him the next coming!

  34. lids1982 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:44 AM

    LOL Blaine Gabbert looked like a champion in the preseason, its what happens in the actual season that matters.

  35. pillowporkers says: Aug 15, 2014 8:47 AM

    Not to take away from Bortles, because he has looked good, but I’m pretty sure anyone posting on this site today could shred the Bears pitiful defense.

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 8:51 AM

    This was the Chicago team that could go “deep in the playoffs” in the NFC?

    Jags have improved, but not that much.

    Same ol Bears.

  37. hamms30 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:53 AM

    I think the Bortlesmania is a play on Beatlesmania.. relax gents. It’s Friday, lighten up.

  38. beachsidejames says: Aug 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    At QB in todays NFL a lot of guys get hurt..having two decent QB’s isn’t a bad thing.

  39. floridahawker says: Aug 15, 2014 9:12 AM

    Put Bortles in and people might actually watch jags football.

  40. igotgamenj says: Aug 15, 2014 9:21 AM

    The Jags need to do something with those helmets they are ugly..they would look so much better in all matte black.

  41. seadawgs72 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:26 AM

    I just have one question (because i honestly don’t know). How good is the Jags O line? All i know in the past Maurice Jones Drew seemed to be be very productive but that was long enough ago & the whole line could’ve changed by then. I’m just trying to work out in my own mind why it’s even a question of whether or not you start the kid. As a Hawk fan i saw what a prepared young kid could do as a rookie even tho i couldn’t believe what i was seeing with my own 2 eyes. Granted he had an awesome defense but i think the Jags D is gonna be pretty damn good this year too. I think they may win a couple games on their own.

  42. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 15, 2014 9:36 AM

    big Clowney fan, but the Texans screwed up by passing on this kid.. even if Clowney becomes a HoF caliber player, the Texans have a glaring need at QB that went unaddressed..

  43. cornerstone2001 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:40 AM

    BB Gun !

    ….you’ll shoot your eye out kid

  44. boomnutz says: Aug 15, 2014 9:49 AM

    The Jags are actually trending in the right. As for their o-line, they drafted Joeckel (best LT in last year’s draft) and signed Beadles and i’m pretty sure Pasztor is a serviceable RT. They could add another guard and center, but it’s better than some lines and you’re right about their defense. With Bradley coaching them and the improvements they’ve made they’re close on that side of the ball. On offense they’ve added a lot of talent. I think in 2-3 years they could emerge as a potential contender if Bortlesmania hold true.

  45. ashleyschafferbmw says: Aug 15, 2014 9:50 AM

    Might as well start, how much can he learn behind Chad Henne? Not exactly a farve/rodgers situation to say the least.

  46. deezenucks says: Aug 15, 2014 10:00 AM

    Everyone saying “jee ya bortles looked good against second team defenses” needs to remember that Bortles is throwing to 3rd string recievers, with 4th string running backs and the 2nd string o-line. Goes both ways

  47. tformation says: Aug 15, 2014 10:06 AM

    Bortles looked good slinging it against the 2nd stringer Bears. Not sure you’ll want to throw him in against JJ Watt & Clowney in the regular season just yet though.

    The Jags are doing the right thing here. They put Gabbert in right away, and it was a disaster. Let Bortles sit, and in 2015 (and later) you’ll have a better shot of having a real franchise QB on your hands…

  48. fissels says: Aug 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    Bortles will prove to be the best of the Class of 2014

  49. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    Good for Jax.

  50. focushawk72 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:37 AM

    If Bortles is on the bench for one game, the Jags are wasting the rest of the team’s time. They’re wasting an aging Chris Clemmons and Red Bryant who were brought over from the Hawks. They’re wasting carries on Toby G, and his body. Even the greatest QBs in history need a year or two to get the feel of the game. If you wait a year you simply extend that period to 2-3 years. You will NOT win with Henne. You might with Bortles. Start Bortles next week and don’t look back. The kid looks like he can rip it with precision.

  51. robigd says: Aug 15, 2014 10:52 AM

    Lot of haters on here discounting Bortles success being against 2nd stringers, but the same would bash him if he were unsuccessful in the same scenario.

    Anyone who actually watched the game saw a rookie in his 2nd year reading defenses, changing plays at the line, and throwing 30 yard frozen ropes on the run.

  52. leagueobservr says: Aug 15, 2014 10:52 AM

    I see this meme still being repeated that Gabbert was bad because the Jags threw him in there too early, but judging by his performance in San Francisco thus far, maybe he is just bad…

  53. tackledbyaflag says: Aug 15, 2014 11:00 AM

    Brandon Weedon looked good too, until the flag ran him over.

  54. coldwater32301 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    Please Jags give me a reason to watch this year…Indeed…

  55. banky74 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    Bortles is looking like the real deal. But no need to rush him onto the field.

    Congrats to the Jags for finding (seemingly) a franchise QB to build their team around.

  56. suprsoulfighter9 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:43 AM

    So happy that the Jags drafted him. Being a UCF grad living in Orlando I finally have an NFL team in the area to root for!

  57. codythao35 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    He maybe good now until he starts thinking too much and that’s when he plays regular season games. He hasn’t proved anything yet. Just look at Brandon Weeden’s preseason stats last year. Buyers beware!!

  58. whodat5150 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:45 PM

    I’m pulling for the kid to have a solid NFL career (except against my Saints, of course.) But, to paraphrase Bill Parcells, “Let’s hold off on the anointing oil!”

  59. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 15, 2014 12:58 PM

    I selfishly want the 9ers to deal LaMicheal James to the Jags so we can see a Bortles & James backfield..

  60. vusnu says: Aug 15, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’m a big Bortles fan. IMO, the Jags should look to how Andy Reid brought along McNabb his first year in Philly. Keep in on the bench for at least a few games. If you start him, wait until midseason at the earliest until you do so. This kid has a great future, and it behooves the Jags to think long term with his development – not short term.

  61. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    Lol Blake Bortles tears up against 2nd-4th stringers in the preseason and people are ready to say the Jags are “Tough” and painting them as superbowl contenders.

    Lets see how he does against starters in a regular season game and take it from there.

    I think he may be good- but lets not forget the endless list of preseason heroes who’ve done nothing come regular season vs first string before we get ahead of ourselves after a few quarters of preseason football.

  62. footballfan14 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:32 PM


    Interesting stat. I didn’t realize that but have always been skeptical of the preseason. It’s good to see a player do well but should be noted with caution and see how they do against the first string of teams in the regular season before we anoint them for sure.

  63. boomgrounder says: Aug 15, 2014 1:55 PM

    @bbb82 The Jaguars have a winning record against the Steelers alltime and are the only team ever to beat the Steelers twice in Pittsburgh in the same season and former Jags RB Fred Taylor owns the alltime highest game rushing record at Three Rivers Stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995 and beat the Steelers in their initial metering in Jacksonville and quickly dethroned the Steelers as AFC Central Champs by 1997. Maybe Jacksonville will relocate to Pittsburgh. Hey Steelers who’s your Daddy? “You Play to Win The Game”!

  64. KM91 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:57 PM

    It seems that everyone is forgetting that the Jaguars are missing 4 of their top 5 receivers (Shorts, Blackmon, Sanders, Robinson). Bortles carved up the Bears and Bucs with 3 undrafted/journeyman receivers and a patchwork o-line. He’s elevating the playing level of those around him The hype is justified. It’s a bit overblown, but it’s still justified.

  65. leagueobservr says: Aug 15, 2014 3:23 PM

    He maybe good now until he starts thinking too much and that’s when he plays regular season games. He hasn’t proved anything yet.

    Sure…just like Teddy Bridgewater and your Vikings, right???

  66. seadawgs72 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:42 PM

    I can’t believe how many people are comparing Bortles to Weeden. Whatever Weeden did in preseason is irrelevant. He has the slowest release I’ve ever seen. Maybe his preseason success had more to do with vanilla defenses, no stunts, etc. Might as well compare it to a probowl type game if you refer to a preseason game. Weeden…lol!

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