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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 239
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
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Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union would "guess" the Jaguars won't pick up Blake Bortles' fifth-year option for 2018.
Exercising Bortles' option would have been a no-brainer a year ago after his breakout 2015 campaign. Rather than taking a step forward, Bortles showed significant regression in 2016 while struggling with his mechanics. O'Halloran is only making an educated guess, but Bortles certainly hasn't developed into the franchise QB the Jags were hoping for when they drafted him third overall in 2014. Jacksonville has until May 2 to pick up his option. Mar 26 - 8:57 AM

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Blak Bortles said his delivery is "more efficient, quicker" after working on his mechanics with 3DQB's Adam Dedeaux in California.

"Just trying to tighten up the release, make that as quick as possible," Bortles said. "So never letting really the wrist get below the elbow, trying to keep that parallel and not dropping down. It didn't take a long time to fix it, but the first week it wasn't pretty. When you're trying to change things it's not going to be great but we were able to kind of hash that out and now it's going well." A video posted by 3DQB on Twitter shows Bortles' new compact delivery, but the true test will be when he tries it in games. Bortles will continue working with Dedeaux this spring where he's also been throwing with Marqise Lee.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 20 - 10:20 AM

Owner Shad Khan said the Jaguars are "counting on" a bounce-back year from Blake Bortles.

"That’s our hope. Blake has to organize himself. There’s only so much we can do under the CBA," said Khan. Bortles has spent the offseason working on his mechanics with QB guru Tom House. The Jaguars want him to limit his turnovers after committing 22 last year, but Bortles won't face any competition going into training camp. Bortles is in a make-or-break 2017.
Mar 4 - 6:36 PM

Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Blake Bortles' starting job is not in question.

"I see Blake as our quarterback," Marrone said. The Jags have been adamant Bortles must limit turnovers to keep the position, but he is unlikely to face competition in 2017 training camp. Expect Jacksonville to keep its quarterback depth chart intact, with Chad Henne and Brandon Allen behind Bortles.
Mar 1 - 11:52 AM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.
Feb 24 - 4:03 PM

Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 11:43 AM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell believes the team "can win a Super Bowl" with Blake Bortles at quarterback.

Let the Bortles reclamation project commence. "I think the future is bright for him," Caldwell said. "I have a lot of confidence in him. I know he has the makeup in terms of intelligence, competitiveness, hard work, effort, so if he has those things I think the rest of it will come." Caldwell did add Bortles "needs to improve" to reach that goal, which seems like an understatement given what he put on tape in 2016, but he is still a young quarterback who had a solid season as a sophomore. These comments plus EVP Tom Coughlin calling Bortles "our quarterback" suggest the Jaguars will pick up his fifth-year option this spring.
Source: jaguars.com
Jan 26 - 1:00 PM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin said, "Blake Bortles is our quarterback."

Considering Coughlin has "final say" on all decisions inside the organization, this statement suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option this offseason. Still, it would not be a bad idea for the front office to keep one eye on the future at quarterback. Depending on how they feel about 2016 sixth-rounder Brandon Allen, the Jaguars could decide to snag another developmental prospect in the draft this year.
Jan 12 - 10:14 AM

Blake Bortles said he will spend around 10 weeks working on his mechanics with Adam Dedeaux this offseason.

Bortles brought in Dedeaux to work with him during the season, but mechanical changes are difficult to make while the bullets are flying. Bortles did have success changing his delivery before the 2015 season, and he delivered a career year as a result. As for what he plans to work on, Bortles said footwork will be his primary concern, believing a quicker stride will help shorten his elongated release.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 9:43 AM

Blake Bortles said he played through "two shoulder separations" and wrist tendonitis this season.

In other words, "this is why I was bad." Every NFL player, quarterbacks included, plays through injury during the season. Bortles was at times noticeably bothered by his shoulder, but it's not why he regressed so sharply on 2015. That would be his mechanics. Bortles' health won't matter much if he can't clean up his throwing motion.
Jan 2 - 2:14 PM

Blake Bortles completed 25-of-39 passes for 301 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 24-20, Week 17 loss to the Colts.

Bortles lost a pair of fumbles. One year after throwing for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards, Bortles finishes with 23 and 3,905, respectively. He generated 26 total scores, turning the ball over a whopping 22 times. Bortles endured multiple prolonged slumps, at some points looking like the worst quarterback in the league. He did finish the year on a high note under interim coach Doug Marrone, throwing for 626 yards while posting a 2:0 TD:INT ratio in two starts. Bortles' main issue is his throwing motion, which is sometimes sub-Tebow. He's also seemed to lack for confidence. Turning 25 in April, Bortles will be on the spot, and a short leash, in 2017.
Jan 1 - 4:39 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports it is "common knowledge" GM Dave Caldwell believes Blake Bortles is a franchise quarterback.

Caldwell has said the next coach will not have a "mandate" to stick with Bortles, but Mortensen reports one factor which could keep the top coaching names from considering the Jaguars is Caldwell's commitment to the 2014 No. 3 overall pick. Caldwell will reportedly lead the search for the new coach, but he was not in the room when Shad and Tony Khan met with Tom Coughlin earlier this week. If the Jaguars can attract a big enough name who wants some roster control, it is possible Caldwell's commitment to Bortles costs him his job.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Blake Bortles completed 26-of-38 passes for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 16 win over the Titans.

He rushed three times for seven yards and also caught a throwback touchdown pass from Marqise Lee. Bortles has consistently played the Titans well historically and was outstanding on Sunday, getting hot with Allen Robinson (147 yards) and finding Lee for his early-game score. The Jaguars rallied around interim coach Doug Marrone in this 38-17 upset win. They'll close out the 2016 season with a Week 17 road trip to Indianapolis.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone said he is "sticking with" Blake Bortles.

GM Dave Caldwell said Monday there will be no "mandate" for the team's next coach to stick with Bortles, but the interim option will allow him to start the final two games. Bortles has been a train wreck this season, and it is not a given the Jaguars pick up his fifth-year option, although the option is guaranteed for injury only. Jacksonville has several important decisions they will need to get right this offseason.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:20:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said there will be no "mandate" for the team's new coach to stick with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but that he "still (believes) in Blake."

The reality is, Caldwell couldn't really say anything different, and that Bortles will almost certainly be under center at the start of next season. (He's starting the final two games this season.) Caldwell's comments do indicate that Bortles is losing the benefit of the doubt, and that 2017 will be a make-or-break year. Bortles' game has become an absolute mess, with his mechanics needing to be reworked from the ground up. Those kind of reclamation projects are rarely successful.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:09:00 PM