Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has been under the gun for the past three seasons. Saturday night, he threw five interceptions in the Jaguars first padded practice of training camp.
“I think any time someone doesn’t perform to what you want to do you’re concerned about it,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN. “He’s not the only one that’s out there. There’s some good things.
“We’re going to look at it. We’re going to look at those plays. If there’s any struggle or things we don’t like, then obviously we’re going to be smart enough to throw that crap out.”
People will say, that’s not going to be an issue when the season begins September 10th. However, history paints a different tale for the Jacksonville signal caller.
As one of the of the famed quarterbacks coming out of Central Florida in 2014, Bortles has thrown 51 interceptions in his first three seasons!
The Jaguars also spent big in free agency during the offseason. Cornerback AJ Bouye signed a 5 year, $67.5 million deal to join the team from Houston. They also drafted Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook and LSU RB Leonard Fournette.
However, with the sudden retirement of left tackle Branden Albert yesterday, in addition to the continuous issues the Jags have had with their offensive line and pass protection, is it absolutely plausible to think Bortles could shake off the skittish play and have a breakout season? Bortles’s success is hinged on whether new left tackle Cam Robinson can protect Blake’s blind side.
For what it’s worth, Bortles completed 22-23 passes during Monday’s training camp session. Gotta start somewhere!