JACKSONVILLE – This is what they wanted from
The cheer from the crowd following a two-minute, 11-on-11 drill midway through the second practice of Jaguars 2014 Training Camp Saturday confirmed that much.
Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, led a blisteringly, three-play touchdown drive during the period, a drive that had players celebrating, the crowd cheering and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley praising him afterward.
“He had a good day today,” Bradley said of Bortles following a two-hour, 10-minute practice Saturday at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
Bortles, who impressed coaches with his ability to recover and progress after difficult practices in organized team activities and minicamps, is still in no way a finished product. And Saturday’s practice in no way means he is ready to be the starting quarterback Week 1.
That role still goes to quarterback
But Bortles on Saturday showed a glimpse of why the Jaguars selected him in early in April.
Bortles then capped the three-play drive with a touchdown pass to rookie
Bradley afterward praised the entire offense for having good tempo in the two-minute drill. He also put the proper perspective on Bortles’ day. A rookie’s development is about progress, and Bradley – and everyone else around the Jaguars – knows Bortles will have good and bad days moving forward.
“That’s what he did, he had a good day,” Bradley said. “So let’s learn from it, grow, and move forward. Yesterday, or whatever day might come up, maybe he doesn’t do as well. Well, let’s tell the truth, learn from it, grow and move forward.”
The Jaguars and Bortles no doubt will do that, and Sunday may well not be as productive. But Saturday without question was a good day and one in which the Jaguars’ quarterback of the future started to show just why he has that title.
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“We want to eliminate foolish penalties. The foolish penalties we have to clean up from our game … we don’t accept them but I just said, ‘Tell the truth, learn from it, grow and move forward. Let’s continue to knock those things down and let’s see if it continues to be an issue.’ We anticipate that the players will – right now, they’re just trying to get lined up and make sure of their techniques. We’ll be getting their focus up.”
--- Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley
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