The Jaguars seem to be committed to keeping rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on the bench. But will they actually do it when Week One comes along?
It’s a topic we explored on PFT Live with Mike Dempsey of 1010XL’s Jaguars Today.
In short, yes, they’re serious about keeping Bortles on the bench. But, no, it’s not a done deal that he’ll spend all or even part of 2014 as a backup.
The real story on this one could be that G.M. Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley already enjoy a degree of job security that allows them to be patient with Bortles. Other coaches and General Managers could feel compelled to use the rookie or lose the chance to. Caldwell and Bradley seem to be confident that, come 2015, they’ll still be on the job in Jacksonville.
Dempsey is also confident that Bortles will be the starter come 2015, at the latest. The soonest remains to be seen.
What can be seen far more immediately is everything Dempsey had to say about the Jaguars in a segment that started with a clip of Dempsey giving a report from EverBank Field on Friday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN while a guy in a Mark Brunell jersey mugged for the camera.