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Jaguars feel Blake Bortles is “much improved”

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The Jaguars picked up Blake Bortles‘ option for the 2018 season, but Bortles’ return to the team for a fifth season is far from guaranteed because the contract isn’t guaranteed unless Bortles is unable to pass a physical at the start of the league year.

That makes it incumbent on Bortles to have a strong season if he is going to remain the quarterback in Jacksonville and he spent the early part of the offseason working on his mechanics in hopes of bouncing back from a rough 2016 campaign. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone gave a thumbs up to that work on Saturday, saying there was “no doubt” that Bortles has made progress.

“There are certain things, as far as his elbow and his arm, that are much improved,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “I think there are still other things we’re still working on as well as everyone else at this stage. … If we’re throwing 100 footballs to 150 — if we throw 150 he’ll be better. If we throw 200 he’ll be better – 250, he’ll be better. What we’re doing now is trying to build him up and build the arm strength and all the other things along with all of our quarterbacks to get there. The more he throws the better he’ll be.”

At some point down the road, the team will have to be more clear-eyed, but there’s nothing to lose from accentuating the positive at this juncture of a crucial year for Bortles.

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29 Responses to “Jaguars feel Blake Bortles is “much improved””
  1. fanfrommontreal says: May 14, 2017 7:46 AM

    What, he went from horrible to just plain bad?

  2. crappygovernment says: May 14, 2017 8:04 AM

    JAX should have just gone with Tebow instead. Gus Bradley threw his head coaching gig away!

  3. The Gray Ghost says: May 14, 2017 8:07 AM

    So he’s improved to a “bad” QB now

  4. uglydingo says: May 14, 2017 8:20 AM

    He struggles to read Defenses and Tom Coughlin hasn’t had to put up with that type of problem for decades. Bortles will be on a short leash.

  5. RandyinRoxbury says: May 14, 2017 8:20 AM

    Don’t they say this every year?

  6. drcap says: May 14, 2017 8:26 AM

    This is one of the several NFL teams that would be better with Kaepernick on the roster.

  7. 400marios says: May 14, 2017 8:31 AM

    This will be the Jaguars’ 4th consecutive “breakout” season.

  8. Dizzy D says: May 14, 2017 8:59 AM

    I had to read that first paragraph 3 times to understand it. Triple negative!

  9. edavidberg says: May 14, 2017 9:01 AM

    Except everyone knows it’s just lip service.

    Arm strength was never Bortles problem. Vision and accuracy were.

  10. lewsblues says: May 14, 2017 9:10 AM

    “If we’re throwing 100 footballs to 150 — if we throw 150 he’ll be better. If we throw 200 he’ll be better – 250, he’ll be better.”

    The next report will be of a sore or dead arm that will linger into the season hindering his performance …

  11. v2787 says: May 14, 2017 9:26 AM

    How is throwing 250 footballs going to make Bortles a better QB? It’s not about how much he throws–it’s about his timing and decision-making, both of which were lousy last season.

  12. jasons81 says: May 14, 2017 9:48 AM

    It’s not officially summer until copious amounts unwarranted optimism starts spewing from Jacksonville.

  13. steelerdeathstar says: May 14, 2017 9:49 AM

    Agree that Bortles issues have nothing to do with arm strength. I’ve always understood that seeing the field and accuracy, leading to him dumping the ball off to a safety valve too often was his main problem.
    I don’t think having him throw 100’s of passes all the time in practice is going to do much except possibly tire his arm before the season even begins?

  14. intrafinesse says: May 14, 2017 10:28 AM

    I hope he improves enough that the Jags don’t draft a QB in 2018, leaving one for my team.

  15. dylannelson7575 says: May 14, 2017 10:41 AM

    Really tough to change a QBs mechanics at this point in his career. It certainly might work in OTAs, practices, and scrimmages…but once the live bullets start firing his muscle memory will revert back.

  16. texansdude says: May 14, 2017 11:05 AM

    Be warned, NFL corners. His picks are gonna have a little more zip.

  17. tonebones says: May 14, 2017 11:55 AM

    I really hope Marrone is not serious. Young QBs seem to do better with a stable environment, and too many coaching changes is not good. If Marrone thinks Bortles problems are related to anything physical, Bortles will be having another coaching change very soon.

  18. dejadoh says: May 14, 2017 11:59 AM

    Bortles is one of the league’s better QBs. Give him an offensive line that can pass block and he will shine.

  19. shooter28 says: May 14, 2017 12:16 PM

    I would love to see Arizona sign Blake Bortles if they release him. AZ should call and see about trading for Bortles.
    Arizona GM Steve Keim n HC Bruce Arians absolutely love QB Blake Bortles when he was coming out of College, Bortles has all the tools to be great & their is no doubt in my mind Arians could fix Bortles n get him playing at a top 10 QB Level, especially in AZ where Bortles would have an excellent top 10 O-Line with AZ getting everyone back healthy & would have an elite loaded WR Core w/more speed offensively than any other team in the NFL with an Elite rushing offense lead by the best RB in the NFL in Elite All-Pro David Johnson.

  20. damcmp says: May 14, 2017 12:22 PM

    Like all Jag QB’s from 2010 on.. they have been victims of bad rosters and bad coaches.

  21. thereyougo2 says: May 14, 2017 12:49 PM

    Marrone, Whew! Another circle in Jacksonville.

  22. jagsfan1 says: May 14, 2017 1:43 PM

    Lots of talk around here that Bortles needs to work on his “mechanics” and his “footwork”.

    So again – we have a kid who has played Quarterback all through High School, College, and now a few years in the NFL and we still need to teach him how to throw a football?

  23. MichaelEdits says: May 14, 2017 2:06 PM

    Has there been any improvement above the eyebrows?

  24. codiablo says: May 14, 2017 2:21 PM

    He only threw 3 int’s in practice during offense only drills

  25. u4icgroov says: May 14, 2017 2:38 PM

    Bortles is nothing more than a fantasy QB. Captain Garbage Time bides his time throwing INTs and incomplete passes for 3 quarters, before he explodes for 3 touchdowns in the 4th when the game is already decided. A final score of 30-24 looks respectable, but then you notice that it was 30-3 at the beginning of the 4th.

  26. purpleguy says: May 14, 2017 6:17 PM

    If a QB can’t make quick accurate decisions under pressure, no amount of mechanical adjustment, throwing reps, or offensive personnel changes are going to make a difference.

  27. maestro1899 says: May 14, 2017 7:39 PM

    Kaepernick > Bortles

  28. shivablast says: May 14, 2017 9:07 PM

    “[…] because the contract isn’t guaranteed unless Bortles is unable to pass a physical at the start of the league year.”

    So if he fails the physical, the contract is guaranteed?

  29. QB Film Room says: May 15, 2017 9:55 AM

    FALSE!!!!
    I would love to see Arizona sign Blake Bortles if they release him. AZ should call and see about trading for Bortles.
    Arizona GM Steve Keim n HC Bruce Arians absolutely love QB Blake Bortles when he was coming out of College,

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