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Blake Bortles | Quarterback

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 232
College: UCF
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Blake Bortles worked on his mechanics with quarterback guru Tom House in the offseason.
House has a number of clients, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Tim Tebow. "Tightening mechanics," Bortles said in explaining what House did for him. "Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that." Bortles has a laundry-list of things he needs to improve on in year two, and near the top of it is his mechanics. Coming off a shaky rookie season that drew Jake Locker, Josh Freeman, and Vince Young comps, the Jaguars are doing everything they can to improve Bortles' supporting cast. Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

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Blake Bortles says he was "kind of fat" as a rookie.

Bortles was apparently tipping the scales at 250 by the end of the season after weighing 232 at last year's Combine. He's now down to 238, and says he's reduced his body fat from 17 to 10 percent. Conditioning is one of many things Bortles must improve on as a sophomore.
Apr 21 - 1:16 PM

Coach Gus Bradley saw progress from Blake Bortles over the final month and a half of his rookie season.

"The last five to six games, he picked it up," Bradley said. "It’s our job to get even more talent around him." Most film watchers believe Bortles crumbled as the season went on, and it shows in his stats. Weeks 1-8, Bortles completed 63.5 percent of his passes, averaged 6.6 YPA, took 17 sacks, and had a 6:12 TD:INT ratio. While he cut down on the turnovers Weeks 9-17, sporting a 5:5 TD:INT clip, Bortles completed just 55.4 percent of his throws, averaged 5.5 YPA, and absorbed a whopping 38 sacks. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell opined the Jaguars need to start all over with the basics with last year's No. 3 overall pick. Bortles held onto the ball far too long as a rookie. The additions of RT Jermey Parnell, TE Julius Thomas, and a healthy Allen Robinson should help the cause.
Mar 25 - 8:59 AM

While watching film from last season, Yahoo!'s Greg Cosell noticed Blake Bortles "lost his technique."

According to Cosell, Bortles struggled with his release, causing him to lose "velocity and accuracy." He also struggled with recognition, particularly against zone coverage. Cosell made sure to point out Jacksonville's subpar pass protection played a major role in Bortles' struggles. He also said these were common mistakes for a rookie. Assuming the line play improves and Bortles works on his fundamentals, Jacksonville should be more competitive in 2015. Getting Justin Blackmon back from suspension wouldn't hurt either.
Feb 12 - 9:34 AM

New Jaguars OC Greg Olson isn't looking to curtail Blake Bortles' scrambling.

Bortles was walloped for an obscene 55 sacks as a rookie, many of which were the result of Bortles holding onto the ball too long. "When a play does break down protection-wise and you have a guy that can go get yards, you don't want to discourage it," Olson said. "There is a time to make something happen with your feet. For other quarterbacks, that's not part of their makeup. That's a strength of Blake's and we want him to continue to utilize that." Olson isn't wrong, but improving Bortles' pocket awareness will be a must. It's a task that's always easier said than done.
Feb 5 - 5:01 PM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan expressed support for first-year QB Blake Bortles.

"I love Blake, and I think he’s a key building block moving forward," Khan said, adding he sees new OC Greg Olson as the person to "unlock" Bortles' potential. Bortles' poor play contributed to the firing of OC Jedd Fisch, and it seems Olson and new QBs coach Nathaniel Hackett were brought in for the express purpose of developing Bortles. That could be easier said than done, as Bortles struggled with decision-making and inaccuracy. Bortles does have a ton of natural talent, and the likely return of Justin Blackmon would bolster his receiver corps. The good news is Bortles can only get better than he was as a rookie.
Jan 31 - 9:16 AM

NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believes Blake Bortles "got into some bad habits" as a rookie, and the Jaguars "probably need to start over with him with the basics."

This was the fear when Bortles was coming out of UCF. He was extremely raw, drawing comparisons from as low as Jake Locker to as high as Andrew Luck. He looked like a Locker clone as a rookie, showing plus athleticism with long bouts of inconsistent accuracy. New Jaguars OC Greg Olson has a strong background in developing quarterbacks, and he gets yet another project in Bortles. The 23-year-old should benefit from a full offseason.
Jan 21 - 1:43 PM

Blake Bortles completed just 14-of-33 passes for 117 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 23-17, Week 17 loss to the Texans.

He ends the season having completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 2,908 yards and an 11:17 TD:INT ratio, adding 419 yards rushing. Bortles started his rookie season as the backup to Chad Henne, but after Henne struggled badly to move the offense the first 2.5 games, Bortles was inserted under center. He proved to be extremely raw, tossing picks all over the place and taking sacks at will. Bortles got better to close out the year, but he’s going to need to take another major step forward. He was Pro Football Focus’ worst quarterback of 2014 by a large margin, behind guys like Derek Carr and Geno Smith. Bortles is a lock to keep the starting job, obviously. He won’t enter next season as anything more than a low-end QB2.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 21-13, Week 16 win over the Titans, adding five rushes for 50 yards.

Bortles' sprained foot was not an issue. In the merciful end to an unimpressive slate of Thursday night games, Tennessee and Jacksonville put on a reasonably good show. Bortles got off to a painfully slow start, completing just four passes for 10 yards through the Jags' first four drives. He never exactly got in a groove, but finally started driving the ball and sustaining drives. He took "just" four sacks four days after getting walloped for eight by the Ravens. Bortles committed a fumble, but the Jags recovered. Bortles hasn't put a lot of positive things on tape, but has had abysmal protection and a revolving door at running back, receiver and tight end. The jury remains out.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Blake Bortles (foot) is active for Week 16 against the Titans.

The word comes straight from the team. Bortles' mid-foot "sprain" is apparently more of a tweak. It's good news for curious Thursday Night Football viewers, but Bortles has been playing absolutely-brutal football. Chad Henne would probably give the Jags a better chance to win, but that's obviously not their top priority right now. Jax needs Bortles to continue his on-the-field development. Bortles has thrown for multiple scores in just 2-of-12 appearances, and is taking an unholy amount of sacks.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 05:09:00 PM

Blake Bortles (foot) is questionable for Thursday night's Week 16 game against the Titans but is expected to start.

Bortles sprained his foot in last Sunday's loss to the Ravens but made a quick recovery on a short week and should be under center for this AFC South dumpster fire. Neither Bortles nor Charlie Whitehurst are fantasy options.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:37:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Blake Bortles (mid-foot sprain) is "progressing more quickly than expected."

Bradley could simply be trying to confuse the situation for the Titans, but if we take him at his word, Bortles has a chance to start Thursday's game. It just seems hard to believe he'd be ready to suit up barely more than 96 hours after getting hurt. Chad Henne will be under center if Bortles can't go. Bortles' status will be updated in the next 24 hours.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Blake Bortles has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, and is "questionable" for Thursday's game against the Titans.

Unless Bortles has the mildest foot sprain ever, we'd consider him more doubtful than questionable to take the field in a little over 72 hours. It's unclear when Bortles suffered the injury in Sunday's (latest) loss, as he played 69-of-69 snaps. Chad Henne will get the call for Thursday Night Football if Bortles can't go, further dulling an already unappealing matchup. Henne would be well off the DFS radar if he gets the call.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 21-of-37 passes for 210 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Jaguars' 20-12, Week 15 loss to the Ravens.

Bortles took eight sacks and has been dropped for 46 of them in 11 starts. The Jaguars' best chance at finding the end zone came when they got down to the nine-yard line, but Bortles took back-to-back sacks back to around the 30 and settled for a field goal. Jacksonville has scored just two offensive touchdowns in roughly 45 possessions since the Week 11 bye. We'll get treated to a Jaguars-Titans matchup to end the Thursday Night Football schedule in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Blake Bortles went 20-of-39 passing for 205 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Jaguars' Week 14 loss to the Texans.

He rushed three times for 10 yards, also absorbing four sacks. Bortles has shown very little ability to complete passes at the intermediate and vertical sections this season, mainly completing his throws around the line of scrimmage. That was again the case on Sunday behind a porous offensive line that was ransacked by J.J. Watt. The Ravens' fantasy defense will be a recommended play when they face the Jaguars' offense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
3Stephen Morris
4Jake Waters
RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
3Storm Johnson
4Bernard Pierce
5Corey Grant
GLB1T.J. Yeldon
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
FB1Toby Gerhart
WR11Allen Robinson
2Allen Hurns
3Arrelious Benn
4Neal Sterling
5Tandon Doss
WR21Marqise Lee
2Ace Sanders
3Rashad Greene
4Tony Washington
5Bryan Walters
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Julius Thomas
2Marcedes Lewis
3Clay Harbor
4Ben Koyack
5Nic Jacobs
K1Josh Scobee
2Jason Myers