Bortles Gets Time With the 1’s
According to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will receive time with the team’s 1’s during Monday’s practice, and it’s expected that Bortles will play with the starters in the Jaguars third preseason game against Detroit Friday night.
“I think he’ll get some reps with the ones tomorrow,” Bradley said following Sunday’s practice.
Bortles has looked fantastic in the team’s two preseason games and it has to make the front office, along with the fans and media curious to see what the rookie can do playing with and against starters.
Sentinel Believes Jags Are Doing The Right Thing With Bortles
Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi has never been one to throw around credit to the Jaguars organization. In fact, he will usually take every chance he gets to bash the organization, as he campaigned for NFL flameout Tim Tebow to return “home” to Jacksonville, and how the team was making the mistake of all mistakes by not signing him.
That’s why it’s somewhat newsworthy that when one of the best columnists in the country throws praise the Jaguars way, as Bianchi did in this column.
Our take: It certainly looks like Bortles is the better option now and we know he’s the future of the franchise. He’s not Blaine Gabbert and the reason Gabbert failed is not because the Jaguars rushed him on the field too early. Gabbert failed because he was a manufactured prospect and although the atmosphere didn’t help him, he simply was never good enough to be a starter. With that said, let’s wait and see how Bortles does playing against starters and then revisit this argument.
Jags Getting Healthier
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts and linebacker Dakoda Watson returned to practice Sunday which is certainly good news for whomever plays quarterback. Shorts is the team’s best returning wideout and he’s been battling a nagging hamstring injury. It’s unknown whether Shorts will play during Friday night’s exhibition.
Watson gives the team depth and speed at linebacker, as he will be vying for time with Laroy Reynolds and rookie Telvin Smith, who played another fantastic game Thursday night. With Watson back in the fold, it appears that the Jaguars have four capable linebackers on the roster (including Paul Posluszny).