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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 239
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
Contract: view contract details

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Blake Bortles' throwing motion has "improved."
"There's no doubt about it," the coach added. Bortles spent his offseason working with QB guru Adam Dedeaux in California, and Marrone seems to think that work has paid off. It would be easy to dismiss this as summer fluff, but Bortles worked diligently on his mechanics before his career-year in 2015 while the regression of his throwing motion played a large role in his struggles last season. Getting those issues fixed could lay the foundation for a bounceback. May 13 - 1:05 PM

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Jaguars exercised QB Blake Bortles' fifth-year team option for 2018.

The Jaguars had been undecided on the matter, and most of the local media is shocked Jacksonville opted to pick up the tab on the option. Of course, it doesn't become guaranteed until the first day of the 2018 league year, so the Jags can cut Bortles before next March and not have to pay the option, which is expected to be worth around $18 million. It shouldn't preclude the Jaguars from drafting a quarterback next year, especially if Bortles can't rebound from his bad 2016.
May 1 - 11:38 AM

Speaking on his "Real GM" show, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi said he expects the Jaguars to draft a quarterback.

"[Tom] Coughlin’s going to draft a quarterback," he said. "This is the perfect draft to do it." Lombardi went on to say the Jaguars need to admit their "mistake" and move on from Blake Bortles. "[GM] Dave Caldwell was always looking through rose-colored glasses," Lombardi said of Bortles. "Coughlin doesn’t have those glasses." The Jaguars are sure to decline Bortles' fifth-year option, making him a free agent at the end of the season.
Apr 23 - 9:34 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he's yet to make a decision on Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option.

"We’re still discussing that," said Caldwell. "There are a lot of things that go into it." The option is worth $18 million, an obviously unrealistic number for a borderline NFL starter. Jacksonville has until May 3 to decide.
Apr 21 - 7:10 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Blake Bortles has to "go back and build his foundation from the beginning."

"We told him we wanted him to make sure his arm was ready to go because there will be an increase in reps, which will help him," said Marrone. "You start with the foundation and you look to see how fast they can work through the foundation." Bortles has spent the offseason ironing out his mechanics with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux in California. The Jaguars are still undecided on whether to pick up his $18 million option for 2018. That decision will have to come by May 3.
Apr 16 - 10:25 AM

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 3 to pick up his option.
Mar 26 - 8:57 AM

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.
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.
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.
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