It might have been only three plays, but Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles noticed the difference playing against the first-team defense Monday.
“It was a little faster – that’s why the ones are the ones,” Bortles said. “But it was a good opportunity to get out there, get that exposure, see it and play against them. We’re calling the same plays and running the same stuff, but it’s against guys that are a little faster. You have to adjust.”
Coach Gus Bradley said Bortles played “7-8” snaps with/against the first-team Tuesday.
“The whole game speeds up and he adjusted pretty well to it,” Bradley said.
The Jaguars’ plan remains for Bortles to replace Chad Henne at some point during the first half of Friday’s game at Detroit and play with the starters.
“It will be another opportunity to go out there and try and show what I’ve been trying to work on and improve on,” Bortles said. “It’s an opportunity to capture and take a step forward.”
In two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 passing for 277 yards (no touchdowns or interceptions) and a 96.9 passer rating.
“He keeps getting better in terms of understanding the offense; his knowledge base is improving so he can play faster, make corrections on the fly and make adjustments,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said.
Bortles said his biggest improvement from Tampa Bay to Chicago was his footwork.
“I thought it was a little cleaner,” he said. “That’s been a big emphasis for a while now so I thought that was a little better but there’s still a long way to go.”
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