Blake Bortles got handful of reps with starters on Monday

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The Jaguars did as they promised on Monday and gave quarterback Blake Bortles time with the starting offense.

They never promised to give him a lot of time with the starters, however, and Bortles didn’t spend much time working with the first team. Coach Gus Bradley said after practice that Bortles took three reps during 11-on-11 and four or five more during 7-on-7 drills, an experience that the coach feels will help the rookie adjust to the speed of NFL defenses.

“As I was sitting back there I thought it was really good for him to go against the ones like that to get a feel for the speed, to get a feel for the rush,” Bradley said, via the team’s website. “Sitting back there and watching it, I just felt like that was good for him.”

Bradley indicated that Bortles would get a similar number of snaps with the first team on Tuesday and is expected to play about a quarter with the starters on Friday against the Lions. He’ll enter the game after Chad Henne, who is expected to start when the season opens although offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch told Peter King of that the team will be “giving Blake every chance to make the decision super-hard for us” because “nothing is set in stone.”


16 responses to “Blake Bortles got handful of reps with starters on Monday

  1. Bortles > Gabbert

    Some speculate that the Jags don’t want Bortles to get NFL shell-shock, like Gabbert did. So did David Carr years ago. So have others.

    But Bortles is different. Thing is, Bortles is showing the chops to get the job done. Ben Roethlisberger is an example of a rookie thrown into the fire by necessity – and he performed well, despite the low expectations of coaches and teammates (notably Alan Faneca).

    On the other side of the ball and decades before that, Jack Lambert was thrust into the mix as a tall lanky rook purely by reason of injury. The Steelers had no choice. They had no choice. Lombardis started piling up and Lambert was quickly on his way to a well-earned enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

    My take is Bortles is showing he can play, but we do need to keep in mind the small sample size to date — but it’s looking like a solid pick for the Jags.

    In still better news for J’ville, Henne is playing like a pro — both in terms of performance and his off-the-field class. It’s nice to see that team finally catch a break here or there — sure beats Johnny Manziel stinking it up on the field, snorting blow in bathrooms and flipping the bird to defenses.

  2. The thing with Bortles is that he WANTS to be the guy. In Jacksonville. Reminds me of Roethlisberger when he first came into the league, in terms of his poise and confidence in the pocket.

    Jags would be doing him a disservice by sitting him when he is ready to play right now.

  3. Admittedly, Jacksonville has fielded some bad teams since 07, but the feeling is so different now. Lots of optimism in the air. It’s a good time to be a Jaguars fan!

  4. Not getting him killed is the only logic for him sitting behind Henne.

    If he had a franchise QB to learn from I’d get that but Henne has never been on the plus side of TD to interception ratio so what is there really for him to learn?

  5. Faster on the boot than Big Ben. Haven’t seen whether or not he can wrestle his way out of a sack and then throw it 45 yards downfield, but he’s bigger and faster off the start of the boot. He gets away from tacklers faster. His arm looks like 99% of Kaepernick’s. He’s got what it takes. Let’s keep Henne in the lineup though and make sure our line can hold up before getting Bortles killed back there.

  6. I really wish i knew more about the jags front office. As a Hawk fan I’m very familiar with Bradley as a coordinator but not as a head coach. As a Hawk fan & as every NFL fan knows the Hawks have sucked far more than they’ve had success. Until Holmgren showed up there was never any consistency but even then their GM constantly undermined Holmgren (see the poison pill with Hutchinson). My point is I’ve never trusted any GM in Seattle & that includes starting Wilson over Flynn in Wilson’s rookie year when they were paying Flynn over 5 million a year to carry a clipboard. Believe me I’ve eaten enough crow fished out by my buddies to have my fill for life.

    I say to jag fans; if you trust your GM & head coach or whoever is making personnel decisions than i defer to you. All i want is Gus Bradley, all my favorite free agents in Jacksonville to go out & kick some ass. I’ve seen all i need to see from Henne to know he’s just a stop gap but if Bradley doesn’t think Bortles is ready then i have to trust him. Personally, if the Jags D is as good as i think it’s gonna be then let the kid play. Just one fan’s opinion & with limited team knowledge to boot.

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