Blake Bortles is feeling more comfortable this year

AP

The 2017 season in Jacksonville featured a new coach, a new offense, and almost a new quarterback. But Blake Bortles rallied after a preseason benching, and he’s now ready to take his game to a new level in 2018.

“When we started last year, it was kind of an elementary level, in terms of ‘I’m hearing the play, I’m thinking about the footwork I have to take, the identification, trying to remember what routes guys are running and all that,'” Bortles told George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel. “Now, I think I’m kind of owning the offense and having a better understanding of it. Obviously, it is a continuous study and a continuous grind to continue to master it and stay on top of it, but I definitely feel more comfortable with it.”

That’s what the Jaguars wanted when choosing to sign Bortles to a three-year contract, opting for the devil they know over the potential free-agency and/or draft busts they don’t. In a league where continuity often is overrated, Bortles could be a key factor in the Jaguars getting back to the heights they achieved in 2018, and possibly beyond.

Given the high quality around him, it won’t take much from the quarterback position to make a huge difference. And if there’s a huge difference in Bortles’ play this year, who knows what the Jags will do?

But Bortles knows that, no matter what, he won’t have huge numbers. Asked whether he’d take himself on his fantasy football team, Bortles was candid.

“Probably not,” Bortles said. “Maybe Leonard Fournette.”

13 responses to “Blake Bortles is feeling more comfortable this year

  1. He played very well against the Steelers and Pats in the playoffs. If he can consistently play at anywhere near that level, the Jags could be back in the AFC championship game again.

  2. The Jaguars were up 20-10 in the 4th quarter of the AFCC game against the Patriots then Blake Bortles ended the game with

    Three plays, 9 yards, punt
    Five plays, 22 yards, punt
    Three plays, -1 yard, punt
    Six plays, 32 yards, turnover on downs
    Three and out after Myles Jack forced fumble

    The Jaguars have a championship defense but it is being wasted on Bortles. Big mistake passing on Lamar Jackson.

  3. Bortles does make an occasional good play, and he’s a threat to run. But he’s also erratic. I don’t think he’ll improve enough to anything more than a bottom Tier 2 QB.

  4. the kittens will blow this season. blake bortles will rip your wittle precious hearts out with his garbage self. GO STEELERS!!! HOORAH!!!

  5. They stuck with Bortles. Big mistake for a front office that has otherwise been stellar.

    With a good QB, Jacksonville is a SB favorite. With Bortles they’re just another team in the playoff hunt.

  6. Adam Kachur says:
    June 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    the kittens will blow this season. blake bortles will rip your wittle precious hearts out with his garbage self. GO STEELERS!!! HOORAH!!!

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    Didn’t Bortles dispatch the Steelers twice last season?

    Just another guy for whom Tomlin has no answer.

  7. Adam Kachur says:
    June 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    the kittens will blow this season. blake bortles will rip your wittle precious hearts out with his garbage self. GO STEELERS!!! HOORAH!!!

    //////////////////////////////

    30-9
    45-42
    Snicker

  8. Yeah i was a bortles apologist til i watched highlights of LAC@JAX

    Jags ultimately won the game but Bortles repeatedly served the game up on a silver platter for Rivers and Co. but they didn’t want to win. Watch this game if you don’t have doubts about BB

  9. everybody knows the Jags will almost certainly never see a SB with Bortles under centre;

    he got past LAC last season because the defence held after each of his miscues;

    he got past the Steelers simply because their defence was decimated physically and mentally with the catastrophic loss of Shazier;

    he couldn’t close out a weak NE team with another two score lead and his comeback drive was simply pathetic;

    teams have enough tape on the Jags now to know how to force Bortles to win games for them;

    if the Jags make the playoffs this season it will almost certainly be as a wild card, which means no extra week off for another game that. Bortles will be forced to win;

    after last season in NE, we all know how that story is going to end;

    the only difference between Bortles and Kizer is the former is better coached and benefits from a stellar defence opponents will wear down by midseason for having to be on the field 35-40 minutes for all of Bortles’ miscues;

  10. He’s played well at times, he’s been bad at times. He’s even average at times. If we’re all just really honest with ourselves, we have to admit that there is a strong possibility he plays well this year. There is also a strong possibility he tanks. The reality is that we don’t really know what he will do this year, but we should be honest and give him a chance to prove who he’s going to be.

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