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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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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

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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

Rookie Blake Bortles completed 9-of-13 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' Saturday live scrimmage.

One of Bortles' passes was dropped, and another batted down at the line. Beat writer Michael DiRocco believes the Jags "have to be encouraged" after Bortles demonstrated "poise and confidence" against the Jacksonville defense. Bortles' best throw went for 25 yards behind the coverage to Mike Brown down the left sideline. His TD went to UDFA TE D.J. Tialavea from three yards out. Chad Henne finished 14-of-22 for 75 yards and no TDs. "The consistency, he’s starting to get it," coach Gus Bradley said of Bortles. "So that’s good."
Aug 3 - 1:26 PM

Speaking Thursday, Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch said Blake Bortles arrived at camp "ahead of where I thought he was going to be."

Fisch was impressed with the progress Bortles made between June minicamp and now. "One of the things that you ask of him is to come in here and not just start from Day 1 again," Fisch said. "What he showed me is that it wasn't just what he recalled, but he actually dug deeper into the plays. ... That's something he was able to take from the four weeks prior." Despite Fisch's comments, the Jags still have every intention of redshirting Bortles this season.
Jul 31 - 1:55 PM

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

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.
Jun 26 - 1:10 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
3Ricky Stanzi
4Stephen Morris
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3Storm Johnson
4Denard Robinson
5Terrance Cobb
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
2Harvey Unga
3Eric Kettani
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
4D.J. Tialavea
5Reggie Jordan
K1Josh Scobee