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.