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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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The Jaguars are hoping to fix No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics during his redshirt rookie year.
Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Jags believe Bortles was too much of an "arm thrower" at UCF, which aligns with the draftnik community's belief that his arm strength was not particularly impressive. He'll generate better torque if Jaguars coaches can get Bortles to improve his lower-body technique. Stopgap Chad Henne will open the season on a comfortably long leash. Jul 24 - 9:18 PM

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The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran predicts Blake Bortles will get his first start in Week 8 against the Dolphins.

O'Halloran's second guess is Week 12 as the Jags come out of their bye. Either way, Chad Henne is the "no-doubt" starter for Week 1 as the franchise tries to ease Bortles in. They're still stinging from the Blaine Gabbert pick, and partly blame that disaster on rushing him into the lineup when he wasn't ready.
Jul 3 - 10:07 AM

Coach Gus Bradley says Blake Bortles will be sprinkled in with the first-team offense during training camp, even though the Jaguars plan to sit Bortles for his entire rookie year.

Bradley wants to give Bortles a "feel for that type of environment," but promises the Jaguars "feel so strongly about" Chad Henne, and "the team has really rallied around that." We still tentatively expect Bortles to make late-season starts, but Henne is likely to open the season on a relatively long leash.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 26 - 1:10 PM

Jaguars signed first-round QB Blake Bortles to a four-year, $20.6 million contract.

As with all first-round picks, the first four years are fully guaranteed and the deal includes a team option for Year 5. Bortles has been working as the No. 2 quarterback throughout OTAs and minicamp, and Chad Henne is fully expected to start Week 1. When Bortles makes his NFL debut will depend on both his progress and how the Jags open the season. Although Bortles was the first quarterback off the board at No. 3 overall, he's behind Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater in Vegas' odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jun 18 - 8:34 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco expects Blake Bortles to make starts this season.

The Jaguars want to give Bortles a year to develop, but DiRocco believes he'll be starting by December. Even if Chad Henne stays healthy and plays well enough to keep the job, it's hard to believe Jacksonville would go into next offseason without knowing what they have in Bortles. Despite the Jags' commitment not to rush Bortles, he's likely to make starts at some point in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 3:58 PM

Appearing on NFL Network's Total Access Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley reiterated that the team hopes to give No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles a "year to develop."

"We really felt comfortable with (Chad Henne) coming back," Bradley said. "And we do feel good about where Blake's at, but we feel like this time that he has under Chad, a year to develop, will be really good in the end result." This has been the Jags' party line since they reached on Bortles at No. 3. Rawer than your typical top-three quarterback, Bortles would certainly benefit from a year on the bench, but there's no guarantee Henne's play will allow it.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 10:48 PM

ESPN Jaguars' reporter Michael DiRocco took the under when asked if rookie QB Blake Bortles will start more or less than five games in 2014.

DiRicco is buying into the party line as the Jaguars have been adamant Bortles will spend most of the season as Chad Henne's backup. Coach Gus Bradley believes former Jags QB Blaine Gabbert was scarred by being thrown into the fire too fast, and he wants to avoid the same situation with Bortles. Jacksonville seems sure now, but the courage of their convictions will be tested if the team struggles out of the gate.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 10:45 AM

The Jaguars continue to express hope that Chad Henne starts every game this season.

The Browns and Vikings have taken a different approach with their first-round quarterbacks, saying they'll give Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater every opportunity to win the starting gig in camp. Jags coach Gus Bradley thinks the previous regime scarred Blaine Gabbert by pushing him too fast, and has vowed not to make the same mistake with Blake Bortles. We'll see. Bradley will be under pressure to give Bortles a shot once Henne is struggling a month or two into the season.
May 14 - 9:36 AM

ESPN's Britt McHenry reported on SportsCenter Friday that the Jaguars would have drafted Blake Bortles even if Jadeveon Clowney slipped to No. 3.

Per McHenry, the Jaguars view Bortles as a "once in a generation" type of quarterback prospect. We're not sure we buy this pure-hindsight report, but there's no question Jacksonville is exceedingly high on Bortles, considering they drafted him over Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack, and Mike Evans. The Jaguars' current plan is to sit Bortles for most of the 2014 season. Expect them to bolster their offensive line and/or wide receiver corps at picks 39 and 70.
May 9 - 10:48 AM

The Florida Times Union feels No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles will open the season as the backup to Chad Henne.

Specifically, beat writer Ryan O'Halloran predicts Bortles won't make his first start until Week 8. Bortles' footwork and accuracy need work, as well as some cleaning up of his mechanics. No matter who is under center come Week 1 for the Jaguars, OC Jedd Fisch is going to lean on Toby Gerhart and the running game. Bortles' time should come sooner rather than later.
May 9 - 8:38 AM

Jaguars selected UCF QB Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Shocker. We knew it was too quiet out there on Bortles, and he's the first quarterback off the board. Bortles (6-foot-5, 232) was a two-year starter for the Golden Knights, leaving school with a 65.7 completion rate and 56:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 15 rushing scores and is a plus-yardage scrambling threat. Bortles looks like Andrew Luck on game tape in terms of his size-athleticism combination, but at this point in time plays more like Jake Locker, with shaky footwork and erratic accuracy. We admire Bortles' toughness and pocket movement, but he's a project with lower-body mechanical issues, sub-optimal hand size (9 3/8"), and underwhelming arm strength. He should get the nod under center in Week 1. The Jaguars are going to pound the ball on the ground.
May 8 - 8:29 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, UCF QB Blake Bortles "wouldn't be surprised" if the Browns selected him at No. 4.

Per sources "close to the quarterback," Bortles believes he "made a great connection with the Browns during the pre-draft process." SI's Peter King reported Tuesday that the Browns were interested in the UFC product. We'd guess the Browns are more interested in Bortles at No. 26 than No. 4, but he's unlikely to fall that far on Thursday evening.
May 8 - 6:41 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, UCF's Blake Bortles is the top quarterback on the Cowboys' draft board.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler -- who is known to have Cowboys connections -- essentially confirmed RapSheet's assertion. Todd McShay's report that Johnny Manziel is the No. 1 player on Dallas' draft board has now been disputed by multiple media outlets. Manziel isn't even the team's top-rated quarterback. Per Adam Caplan, Bortles is also "believed to be" the top QB on the Raiders' board.
May 8 - 11:58 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder stated on "On the Clock" Wednesday that his "sense is" Blake Bortles would be a more likely quarterback target for the Texans if they traded out of the No. 1 overall pick.

Werder seems to believe Houston has a legitimate chance of trading down, ostensibly with the Falcons. Atlanta would take Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1. Werder says Johnny Manziel and Bortles could both be in play for the Texans at No. 6, with Bortles as the likelier target. Coach Bill O'Brien has been reported to prefer a more prototypical-looking quarterback, as opposed to a sub-6-footer like Johnny Football. Bortles fits that mold at 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds.
May 7 - 2:16 PM

Live at Vikings headquarters, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported on SportsCenter Wednesday that Minnesota is not expected to select a quarterback at the No. 8 overall pick.

Per Holtzman, the Vikings are "prepared to wait a round or two, if not longer." UCF's Blake Bortles and Fresno State's Derek Carr are both tentatively expected to be available at No. 8, though it sounds like Minnesota would rather target someone like LSU's Zach Mettenberger or Pittsburgh's Tom Savage later on. New OC Norv Turner will want a big, strong-armed QB for his vertical offense.
May 7 - 11:48 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
3Ricky Stanzi
4Stephen Morris
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3Denard Robinson
4Storm Johnson
5Terrance Cobb
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
2Bradie Ewing
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Allen Robinson
3Tandon Doss
4Chad Bumphis
5Allen Hurns
WR21Marqise Lee
2Mike Brown
3Ace Sanders
4Lamaar Thomas
5Kerry Taylor
WR31Allen Robinson
TE1Marcedes Lewis
2Clay Harbor
3Brandon Barden
4Marcel Jensen
5Reggie Jordan
K1Josh Scobee