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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles sees difference in speed playing against first-team defense in practice

Posted: August 19, 2014 - 10:49pm  |  Updated: August 19, 2014 - 11:11pm
Blake Bortles (5) watches a drill on August 5. Bortles took snaps against the first-team defense on Monday.
Blake Bortles (5) watches a drill on August 5. Bortles took snaps against the first-team defense on Monday.

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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R.G. IngersollFan
R.G. IngersollFan 08/21/14 - 07:41 am
Premium Member
Right QB choice. Right

Right QB choice. Right decisions in front office. Right direction. This build for a better team is real and it's coming to be.

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 08/21/14 - 07:16 am
Better to think Garrard, even

Better to think Garrard, even though an escape artist he finally broke down behind an OL very similar to ours, however, Henne nor Bortles will have the "Mjd" mojo as a check on blitze packages, much less be able to check off to a receiver other than a TE, which will draw coverage like a glove.
It came down to a draft where we chose 2 WR's over a franchise center and Trey Mason, this making BB go into Harms Way, and what will really change for him will be the regular season!
To start him when, not if, Henne goes down would be akin to driving your new car in a wrecking clunker derby.
History was repeated, New GM with a resume like Gs's, drafts on defense and QB/WR, and neglecting the OL!
Blunders( no center or RB ) begat blunders, will beget more, while fueling our opponents defensive sack frenzy!
Well done, as in over cooking, is just bad taste in longtime Jaguar fans mouths.
More kook aide anyone?

gunny48.5 08/20/14 - 08:10 am
Premium Member
Just stay alive! You have not

Just stay alive! You have not faced any real "kill the QB" rush yet. GO JAGS!!!

Davethecaveman 08/20/14 - 07:45 am
Premium Member
I'm thinking baby steps with

I'm thinking baby steps with Bortles.
I'm ready for Henne to tear it up. With a better cast around him, it could happen. Go Jags!

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