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Blake Bortles | Quarterback

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 232
College: UCF
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Coach Gus Bradley did not rule out starting Blake Bortles in next week's game vs. the Colts.
When asked directly if he'll consider throwing Bortles into the fire in Week 3, Bradley gave some coachspeak instead of saying no. "Right now, we've got a lot of things we need to correct," he said. "We'll take a look at that all on film." The Redskins crowded the box against Chad Henne on Sunday, giving up zero lanes in the run game and sacking him 10 times. The only reason not to make the move to Bortles at this point is protection concerns. We know he'll give the Jags a better chance to win games than Henne. Sep 15 - 10:39 AM
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Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he continues to see "positive signs" from Blake Bortles in practice.

Bortles has been working exclusively with the scout team, but has impressed with his footwork and ability to make all the throws in practice. He's carried over his strong training camp into the season. The Jags still plan to move Bortles along slowly, but he's going to eventually force his way into starts. Chad Henne held back the offense in the second half of Sunday's loss, and won't have a long leash if he continues to struggle.
Sep 13 - 7:45 PM

Blake Bortles started Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons, completing 4-of-6 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Bortles' score was a 57-yard strike to fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Bortles looked ahead of schedule all preseason, and finishes 32-of-51 for 521 yards (10.2 YPA), two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's looking less and less likely that the Jags will be able to follow through on their plan to "redshirt" Bortles this season. Starter Chad Henne simply isn't good enough.
Aug 28 - 6:57 PM

Blake Bortles will start Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons.

Bortles handily out-played Chad Henne this preseason, but the Jaguars are still treating him like just any other backup. Considering how shaky the Falcons' first-team defense is, Bortles should put on a show against Atlanta's 2s and 3s, putting even more pressure on Henne. Henne will be under center for Week 1, but it's going to be all but impossible for the Jags to stick to their original plan of redshirting Bortles all season.
Aug 28 - 4:36 PM

Blake Bortles completed 10-of-16 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

Bortles came off the bench at the end of the first half and led the Jaguars to a field goal. He played with the starters for the first time this preseason and didn't disappoint. Bortles showed good anticipation on his throws and was able to lead his receivers into open spots. He's 28-of-44 for 435 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions through three preseason games. Chad Henne remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's becoming clear Bortles gives Jacksonville its best chance to win.
Aug 22 - 10:29 PM

Blake Bortles received 7-8 first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice.

That was up from the three first-team reps Bortles took on Monday. The Jags are slowly bringing the No. 3 overall pick along while quietly avoiding the quarterback competition that went down in Cleveland. Through two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 for 277 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, good for a 96.9 passer rating. We'd be a little surprised if he's not starting games for the Jags by Halloween.
Aug 20 - 8:56 AM

Blake Bortles received three first-team 11-on-11 reps during Monday's practice.

It's notable because these are the first reps with the starters Bortles has taken since camp opened. The No. 3 overall pick has certainly earned them after going 11-of-17 for 160 yards against the Bears last week. Bortles is expected play in the first half of this week's preseason game, but will come off the bench behind Chad Henne.
Aug 18 - 4:00 PM

The Jaguars plan to give Blake Bortles first-team reps at Monday's practice.

He's also slated for first-team snaps in Jacksonville's third preseason game. "I think he’ll get some reps with the ones tomorrow," coach Gus Bradley said Sunday. "I know the plan was sometime during this week." The plan remains to start Chad Henne in Week 1, but Bortles may be able to change minds this week. The Jaguars face the Lions for their third exhibition game next Friday night.
Aug 17 - 1:42 PM

Coach Gus Bradley revealed Friday the team plans to let Blake Bortles spend a full quarter with the first-team offense in Jacksonville's third preseason game next week.

The Jags may be reevaluating their stance on "redshirting" Bortles after back-to-back impressive preseason performances. He's only worked with the twos to this point; the Jaguars will now test Bortles with the ones. Chad Henne has performed just fine on his own, but should be feeling the heat. If the Jags see that Bortles is truly ready to start in the NFL, we think they will play him.
Aug 15 - 1:14 PM

Blake Bortles shined in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, completing 11-of-17 passes for 160 yards.

Originally expected to enter the game after halftime, Bortles checked in with 3:35 left in the first half, leading the Jags on a 45-yard field goal drive. With the obvious disclaimer that he faced second and third teamers, Bortles looked better than any rookie quarterback has this preseason, making stick throws on the run while dropping dimes in traffic. Unlike the Jags' last rookie quarterback, Bortles was calm in the pocket, and scrambled to extend plays, not avoid hits. Chad Henne has played perfectly fine this preseason, but Bortles has looked every bit his draft pedigree. The Jags have insisted Bortles will redshirt all season, but sooner rather than later, there's going to be a controversy.
Aug 14 - 10:47 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Blake Bortles will get first-team reps "at some point" this summer.

"For me to say he’s not going to would probably be inaccurate," Bradley said in classic coachspeak. However, Bradley again intimated the Jags plan to stick with Chad Henne all season, claiming the team has "really rallied around" him. We'd like to take Bradley at face value, but Henne is not a starting-caliber talent, while Bortles has shown well thus far. At some point, there's going to be a controversy.
Aug 12 - 5:34 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said QB Blake Bortles will get first-team reps this preseason, but it likely will not be this week.

Despite his promising preseason debut, the Jaguars are adamant Bortles will sit and learn behind Chad Henne his entire rookie season. If Bortles gets any first-team work, it likely will not be until the third or fourth preseason game. Bortles completed 7-of-11 passes for 117 yards in Friday night's preseason opener. Despite the rhetoric from team brass, Bortles looked good enough to make the Jaguars' rethink their Week 1 quarterback plans.
Aug 9 - 1:17 PM

Blake Bortles completed 7-of-11 passes for 117 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Bucs.

Bortles could have had a couple more completions had Mike Brown not dropped two passes downfield. The No. 3 overall pick came on in relief of Chad Henne midway through the second quarter and immediately started picking apart the Bucs' backup defense. His best throw was a 21-yard strike to UDFA WR Allen Hurns where Bortles looked off the safety and came back to Hurns. Bortles routinely was peppering his receivers in the intermediate-to-deep part of the field. Henne is locked in as the starter, but Bortles' debut qualifies as a huge success.
Aug 8 - 10:00 PM

Blake Bortles has taken zero first-team snaps since being drafted.

Although Bortles has shown well with the twos, the Jags are not wavering from their stated plan to let him sit and learn behind Chad Henne for an entire season. The No. 3 overall pick will not get any first-team reps in the preseason opener. Of course, it will be hard to keep Bortles on the bench if the Jags start slow. Their first four games are at Philly, at Washington, vs. Indy and at San Diego.
Aug 7 - 12:11 PM

After attending Jaguars camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan reported on NFL Insiders Monday that the team is "gonna stick to their game plan" and keep Blake Bortles on the bench all season.

Bortles has reportedly been better than expected in camp, but the Jags are intent on giving him a full year to "learn" behind journeyman Henne. "They're gonna stick to their game plan," were Caplan's words. "Chad Henne is the starter. Blake Bortles sits all year." We still wouldn't be surprised to see Bortles get late-season playing time if Jacksonville racks up early-season losses.
Aug 4 - 3:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Denard Robinson
3Jordan Todman
4Storm Johnson
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Allen Hurns
3Mike Brown
WR21Marqise Lee
2Allen Robinson
3Tavarres King
4Ace Sanders
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Clay Harbor
2Mickey Shuler
3Marcel Jensen
4Marcedes Lewis
K1Josh Scobee