Jacksonville Jaguars beatwriter, Hays Carlyon reports that the team's first round and number three overall draft pick, quarterback Blake Bortles made a favorable impression on Day 2 of the team's rookie minicamp. Head coach Gus Bradley had said that he wanted to work the rookies at a faster pace than normal and Bortles seemed to handle the increase in speed ok. "I think everybody got better from yesterday," Bortles said. "I did, the whole offense did. We were trying to speed everything up and make it faster. That will come with time. We're still learning and getting acclimated, but things were faster today and they'll need to be faster the next time we go out there."
Bradley appeared pleased with what he saw as well. "He came out and had some incompletions, but he bounced back," the head coach said. "He bounced back so competitive and just wanting to know information. We tell him, 'Keep getting better and they'll stack up, good throw after good throw'. You might have an occasional miss, but he's learning what he needs to work on. He says, 'You know what, that is my weakness right there. I've got to use my legs more.' That's right, OK, now let's go to work.
"We knew he had some things that we needed to develop, but his leadership and the flashes that we are seeing are great about him."
Bortles is expected to push veteral Chad Henne for the starting quarterback job in his rookie season.
The Jags are looking to improve upon last season's offensive shame-filled season, which saw the team rank #31 in yards per game (293.8) and #32 in points per game (15.4). All I can say to Bortles is, "good luck!" With career back-up RB Toby Gerhart set to shoulder the running game load and wide receiver Justin Blackmon looking at additional suspension time, the team will be looking to their two 2nd round picks, wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, to help out the returning Cecil Shorts in the passing game.
For the record, I'm excited about the Jags offense long-term and can see all three of their top draft picks being fantasy relevant in this league eventually... just not this year. They are all worth picking up in dynasty leagues, with the expectation of being productive in 2-3 years. The one thing they'll have going for them this season is that they will probably be throwing the ball a lot. However, it's hard enough for a rookie QB to catch on to the pro game. Add two rookie WR's to the equation, and it only makes it tougher. I don't see Bortles as better than being ranked 25-32 among starting QB's in 2014. With a rookie QB and without MJD or Blackmon, Shorts is also someone I'll downgrade heading into this summer's fantasy drafts.