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Blake Bortles is making it very difficult for Jaguars to sit him

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The Jaguars have said, affirmed, insisted that Blake Bortles was going to sit and watch Chad Henne play this year.

Bortles keeps making it more and more difficult to justify that decision.

The No. 3 overall pick continued to put up solid numbers in the preseason, and looking more and more like the guy the Jaguars can build around now instead of later.

Bortles was 10-of-16 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown Friday night against the Lions. That pushes his preseason totals to 28-of-44 for 435 yards and a touchdown, or a passer rating of 103.9.

Granted, some of those numbers were inflated by playing against deep reserves. But Bortles has looked composed and calm in all three appearances.

As the Jaguars build to the future, they were hoping to use this year to develop Bortles as a passer, and let him take over when the team as a whole was better able to contend.

But with every passing week, it looks like he’s the guy to help them take that step.

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66 Responses to “Blake Bortles is making it very difficult for Jaguars to sit him”
  1. jmizzal says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    But Johnny Manziel

  2. darkneptune73 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    The Jaguars deserve some positivity, after going through misery after misery.

  3. primenumber19 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    If the jaguars become a success all the credit should go to khans awesome mustache

  4. philipdebin says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    May the Bort be with you.

  5. philipdebin says: Aug 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    ^^^ My fantasy team’s name.

  6. 1ggy says: Aug 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    Plans change. Start Bortles.

  7. zoxitic says: Aug 22, 2014 10:20 PM

    Bortles looks EVERY bit the part of a big time QB.

    #playthekid

  8. swagjag says: Aug 22, 2014 10:21 PM

    Henne is hot garbage. He doesn’t give the team the best chance of winning. Blake is still learning. He is gonna go through growing pains, but he at least has shown the ability to move the offense. There is no reason he should not be the starter Week 1.

  9. ravenswhat says: Aug 22, 2014 10:21 PM

    Until it’s not.

  10. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 22, 2014 10:22 PM

    Congrats to the Jags and their fanbase! I hope he and Andrew Luck start playing some close games down there in the AFC South, totally forgot who else is in that division…

  11. wackyjag says: Aug 22, 2014 10:24 PM

    I don’t see how Gus Bradley can look his players in the eye and tell them Henne gives us the best chance to win. They see it just like the fans do, Bortles is ready and gives the Jags the best chance to win. It’s obvious

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 22, 2014 10:25 PM

    This is regards. As if chad henne wins games.

  13. beefjerky1 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:25 PM

    Blake Bortles appears that he could be the man!!!

  14. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 22, 2014 10:30 PM

    He has sure looked far better than Manziel and the other rookie QB with the vikings.

    It’s clear why he was drafted first.

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 22, 2014 10:35 PM

    Bortles is for real. Facing that action twice a year? All I can say is, Jake Locker’s upward trend had better continue …

    – Titans Fan

  16. cwk22 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:37 PM

    THE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

  17. can139 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:43 PM

    all i know is , this guy has pocket presence. if you have pocket presence, you can play in this league. hime being a big dude only helps hi cause, all the luck to him. kid’s got composure.

  18. gjags12 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    2 of his passes were spikes at the end of the half. that = 10/14 for 158 and a TD on the night

  19. jimmypx says: Aug 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    The thing was that he looked great against Detroit’s 1st string defense which is in the top 1/2 of NFL defenses. It is obvious that Bortles is playing way better than Henne–start the kid.

  20. codythao35 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:49 PM

    Although he looks good don’t throw him in the wolfs. I wouldn’t put too much on preseason. It’ll totally be a different animal comes regular season with coaches game planning.

  21. packersgreenbay says: Aug 22, 2014 10:58 PM

    Henne could learn something from Bortles.

  22. warjag55 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:01 PM

    The drive at the end of the first half with starters in was the final answer for me. Then the fake spike!

    Are you kidding me!

  23. dickshotdogs says: Aug 22, 2014 11:02 PM

    It takes a man to admit when he’s wrong. Here’s your chance, Gus. And I respect you as a coach. Make the right decision.

    Patriots fan

  24. gtiguy says: Aug 22, 2014 11:07 PM

    He is the complete opposite of Gabbert. He stands in the pocket and never takes his eyes off his targets. Very impressive.

  25. mikealstott says: Aug 22, 2014 11:08 PM

    And Chad Hennessey is making it very difficult for the Jaguars to start him…

  26. mikealstott says: Aug 22, 2014 11:09 PM

    Henne not Hennessey… I love my phone’s auto correct…. it works so well…

  27. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2014 11:14 PM

    Great pickup by them. He’ll be good for years. No need to rush him.
    Build around him instead.

  28. jjackwagon says: Aug 22, 2014 11:14 PM

    They didn’t draft him to watch Henne.

  29. afty2001 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:16 PM

    Jag fans, don’t get to excited. Understand that the Indianapolis Colts will dominate the division for the next 10 years.

    Andrew Luck>Blake Bortles
    Andrew Luck>Jake Locker
    Andrew Luck>Ryan Fitzpactrick

  30. jfkresearcher says: Aug 22, 2014 11:17 PM

    I think that the Jacksonville Jaguars had a very interesting draft. They certainly seem to clean up with Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson. I think that Bortles will be the best quarterback out of this draft. They certainly appear to have done better than the Cleveland Browns.

  31. warhammer420 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:20 PM

    Watched the game. The dude can play. There is zero chance he doesn’t become the starter at some point this year.

  32. z561 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:22 PM

    Absolute stud. Looks to throw downfield nearly every play, very mobile and accurate on the run, stands tall in the pocket and reads the defense. Best of all, since he didn’t spend his spare time hanging with Bieber and goofing off in Vegas, he knows the playbook well enough to make audibles at the line. I have never been this excited to be a freaking JAGS fan lol.

  33. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 22, 2014 11:27 PM

    If only he were playing some guys that will be on a roster in September.

  34. charman11 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:29 PM

    I wanted him or Jimmy G.. Browns fan here.

  35. dalcow4 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:38 PM

    Texans fans: “No comment at this time”.

  36. skins716 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:40 PM

    looks like the jags are turning the corner. bortles looks like a franchise quarterback they haven’t had since brunelle.

  37. hyzers says: Aug 22, 2014 11:43 PM

    He certainly looked better than Henne. The Jags are looking like they will be respectable this season. Their dend #90 is a solid player.

  38. flipzm says: Aug 22, 2014 11:44 PM

    It can’t be said enough that Bortles’ numbers are coming guys who won’t even be in the league come September.

  39. leagueobservr says: Aug 22, 2014 11:47 PM

    I’d bet money that he’ll be starting by Week 4…

  40. pfu2 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:47 PM

    He looked great; however, 3 of his passes were almost intercepted & quite frankly, should have been. Had they been, a different song would be sung on tonights performance!

  41. griblets says: Aug 22, 2014 11:48 PM

    I watched almost every game he played at UCF. He seems to have that intangible thing that is often mentioned, but can’t be described. He doesn’t seem to get rattled. He has a chance to have a very good NFL career.

  42. hagar79 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:15 AM

    As a Jaguar fan I like how Bortles is progressing, but until he faces regular season defences you cant say he’s better then Henne.

  43. catfanatic1979v1 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:17 AM

    Blake Bortles will become so good in the NFL, he will only be reffered to by his last name.

  44. lanzurrah says: Aug 23, 2014 12:22 AM

    The pride of London…

  45. nickster31 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:32 AM

    Im a Steelers fan, my unbiased opinion is, this kid is going to be amazing!

    Not this year, but long term? He will be top 5 in the league.

  46. coachbeck says: Aug 23, 2014 12:42 AM

    He is earning it. That’s not a bad thing.

    I really like how Jacksonville is building. The AFCS needs a good team in there, maybe the jags can be that team in a year or two.

  47. pftfannum1 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:47 AM

    Planning to sit their highly drafted QB for a year is one thing but coaches simply want to win. Bortles will start sooner than later.

  48. kferguson2002 says: Aug 23, 2014 1:16 AM

    Colts fan here, start Henne. Good Luck.

  49. philadelphiafan says: Aug 23, 2014 2:33 AM

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Bortles

  50. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 23, 2014 6:35 AM

    Afty2001 says:

    “Jag fans, don’t get to excited. Understand that the Indianapolis Colts will dominate the division for the next 10 years.
    Andrew Luck>Blake Bortles
    Andrew Luck>Jake Locker
    Andrew Luck>Ryan Fitzpactrick”

    I have a lot of respect for Andrew Luck, but this Titans fan is more troubled by the TEAM Jacksonville is becoming than the decent team the Colts are becoming.

  51. dan073eb says: Aug 23, 2014 6:53 AM

    The Steelers looked like a hot bucket of puke on Thursday says:
    Aug 22, 2014 11:27 PM
    If only he were playing some guys that will be on a roster in September.

    ———————————————

    By the way your steelers looked on thursday u should probably get some new guys before september.

    And also, it was the 3rd preseason game, when the starters play the longest. bortles came into the game in the 2nd, there were mostly starters playing against him on detroits defense. that was the whole idea behind playing him earlier. stop making ignorant and ridiculous comments that u know nothing about.

  52. nzyme says: Aug 23, 2014 7:26 AM

    Don’t look now but Ryan Nassib for the Giants stats are as follows:

    31-48 for 342 yards with 4 TDs and a passer rating of 109.1!

  53. marooncat79 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:06 AM

    I jumped on this bandwagon during the draft. Bortlemania to the superbowl.

    Never let it be said that I am a loyalist

  54. gojags says: Aug 23, 2014 8:29 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Aug 23, 2014 6:35 AM
    Afty2001 says:

    “Jag fans, don’t get to excited. Understand that the Indianapolis Colts will dominate the division for the next 10 years.
    Andrew Luck>Blake Bortles
    Andrew Luck>Jake Locker
    Andrew Luck>Ryan Fitzpactrick”

    I have a lot of respect for Andrew Luck, but this Titans fan is more troubled by the TEAM Jacksonville is becoming than the decent team the Colts are becoming.

    ————————————————

    And how did the colts get Andrew Luck? By tanking the season. Something tells me they will have to answer the bad karma.

  55. fatsolio says: Aug 23, 2014 8:37 AM

    It’s idiotic to sit this guy yet it is the Jags so I won’t be surprised if they do.

  56. tcopelin says: Aug 23, 2014 8:42 AM

    Henne is what he is a .500 QB. If he played lights out they may win 9 games. With Bortles,this team really has a chance to grow and be a 12-13 win team in a year or two. I am a Texan’s fan who wished we would have drafted Bortles. Oh well :(

  57. trollhammer20 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:11 AM

    philipdebin says:
    Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    May the Bort be with you.
    __________________

    We are Bort. Prepare to be assimilated.

  58. bucsorbust says: Aug 23, 2014 9:14 AM

    Looking at the video, I must say Bortles looked really good….again. But Henne really looked good too. Good situation in Jax. Congrats Jaguars fans!

  59. bigwii says: Aug 23, 2014 9:51 AM

    Bortles played great, and played great in other games. He shows all the characteristics you want to see in a QB, he’s not perfect he made a few throws he would want back, but he’s allowed to make mistakes he’s a rookie after all. He still showed a lot of improvement since being drafted until now.

    I’m not sure if he should start because while he’s playing good the offensive line is still in flux and has some things to be worked out, especially at center. Keeping him out of the line of fire until the line fixes itself and the receivers get healthy wouldn’t be a bad move.

    Can’t wait to see what this team develops into this year and if they have another offseason as good as this one this will be a team to take very seriously sooner than later.

  60. myhawks1976 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:00 AM

    Gus Bradley is a great coach. He built our defense in Seattle. The entire defense loved the guy. Jags are in good hands.

    I like Bortles. I think he looks like he could develop in to a top of the line starter. The Jags, as a whole, are not at this point.

    Honestly, I would sit Bortles for the year. Let him study. Let him watch. Let him develop. This Jags team isn’t overcoming Indy. Not now. Not yet. But with another off season like this past year, and a continually improving defense, the Jags could well be building a long term contender….

    For Jags fans (and Gus Bradley) I hope so.

  61. okeedokeesmokee says: Aug 23, 2014 11:36 AM

    EVERYONE JUST CAAAAALM DOOOOOWN. We are not the Coachs or GMs. BB is gonna be a PHENOM but trust in Gus. Hes got this team and fan base stoked to the hilt!. The day BB starts all eyes will be on him and then its on! Even though Henne is doing a pretty dang good job, he hits these moments from time to time and either starts chuncking INTs or gets hurt. Jags on the road for the first two weeks then the home opener in Jax. BB will be our starter by week 4. Hopefully. Its going to be fun watching the new Dan Marino of North Florida.

  62. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 23, 2014 12:12 PM

    I love the way the Jags are screwing with the media.. This is awesome. Keep them guessing. Smart coach!!
    Mike Pettine needs to learn from the Jags coach on how to handle the media

  63. dadsource says: Aug 23, 2014 12:45 PM

    For us Jag fans to be even HAVING this conversation two years removed from the Mularkey debacle is just a testament to the great job coach Bradley is doing. Bortles will start eventually, but he’s the big investment in the future. The offensive line needs a little polish before you throw the kid out there. Henne is pretty good, runs the offense more smoothly, and knows when to tuck and run. Bortles still has footwork issues and should have had 5 interceptions so far, but drops are padding his stats. A few missed patterns, throws at receiver’s feet, but he is getting better and had big time talent. He will be fine. I will say this, I haven’t seen an offensive lineman fight for his QB since Dave Widell! Zane Beadles was throwing down with Detroit ‘ s starters between every play!

  64. iammrbinky says: Aug 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    Bortles can’t beat out Chad Henne and that is very telling.

  65. jagsallday says: Aug 23, 2014 2:28 PM

    Bortles is the best quarterback of the draft by far.

  66. Catalyst Games says: Aug 23, 2014 4:44 PM

    Keep Henne starting. Please dear god keep him starting.
    For the good of Bortles and the Jags future, keep Henne starting.

    Let him develop, let him see and adjust to how the NFL operates. You throw him in there as a starter and while he might do well, you run too big of a risk that he also might fold under the pressure. He might try to carry the team and bust. Give him this season to adjust to the NFL, the Jaguars, and even give the Jags front office a chance to build some more around him, and his chances for success go through the roof.

    Don’t just throw him in there this season as a starter so that you can field a mediocre team that isn’t going to go anywhere yet. Give him snaps in the game when the game is over? Sure. Have him take snaps in practice with the first team? Absolutely. If Henne gets hurt, do you put him in? Yes. But don’t just put him in because the fans want you to. They WILL thank you later when you’ve got a much more developed and mature player under center for years to come, instead of someone who was throw up the bus and expected to carry it.

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