Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Blake Bortles confident about offseason progress

Bortles returns from Cali with improved mechanics, confidence Blake Bortles Says He Adjusted Throwing Mechanics During Offseason
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:15

Blake Bortles has spent the last two months working on his mechanics at 3DQB in California instead of worrying about whether the Jacksonville Jaguars view him as their quarterback long-term. This is the same off-season training program Bortles went with prior to the start of the 2015 season. The result was a 3-13 record that left major questions about whether Bortles was still the Jaguars franchise quarterback. "I feel really good as far as where I'm at mechanically and how the ball is coming out".

Dave Caldwell said the team still has work to do in evaluating Bortles before making that kind of commitment. "That was probably the main focus and then a couple of tweaks here and there".

Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both a year removed from registering 1,000-yard receiving seasons, so the pieces are there for Bortles to have a bounce-back season in his fourth year.

Although the Jaguars have verbally committed to Bortles for the 2017 season, they've yet to decide on his future beyond that. If they pick up the Bortles option, he'd have a 2018 salary of roughly $18 million guaranteed for injury. Some may call this a make or break season for Bortles, but he's not anxious about things outside of his control. "I think I'll be able to help this team be as good as we possibly can be".

All things considered, the better play may be to give Bortles the incentive that comes from having a contract year, fully prepared to do whatever they have to do to keep him around if in Year Four he becomes the guy they thought he was going to be when they drafted him. "I just look forward to playing football".