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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:18:38 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was ready to be the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Bortles was rusty in his first NFL start but provided signs of life in a previously dormant Jaguars' offense.
Fantasy Tip: Don't rely on Bortles to be your starting quarterback just yet. In fact, he should remain a low-end QB2 at best throughout the season. He just doesn't have the necessary supporting cast to be a weekly starter. Though, he may be able to provide a spot start or two.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:19:15 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed four passes of more than 20 yards after he relieved QB Chad Henne in the second half of the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Tip: Even at the cheap price of $5,000 (10% of cap) at FantasyScore, Bortles is a very risky play in Week 4 against a solid San Diego defense. However, the speedy Allen Hurns could make an affordable upside pick if Bortles continues to take shots down the field. Hurns will take up 11.8% of the cap ($5,900) in Week 4.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:06:21 -0700
Assuming Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles remains the starter, the team could save $1.25 million in salary cap space this season. This is because QB Chad Henne would not hit playing-time incentives in his contract.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:42:33 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said Sunday, Sept. 21, that QB Blake Bortles will start in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers.
Fantasy Tip: Bortles came on for the ineffective Chad Henne and completed 14 of his 24 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while also running twice for 30 yards. He might be worth a look in FantasyScore if the price is right, but as a rookie expect some mistakes, too.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:45:55 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles entered the team's Week 3 game in the second half after QB Chad Henne was benched.
Fantasy Tip: It is not known if Bortles will keep the job or if Henne will get another start. Owners should monitor the situation during practice next week, but neither quarterback should be an option for most owners at this point.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:03:44 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was not considered to play in Week 2 as QB Chad Henne was sacked 10 times in the game. However, head coach Gus Bradley wouldn't comment on whether they will consider starting Bortles in Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: Bortles would be an intriguing matchup play if he were to be anointed the starter.
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:21:32 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has a great attitude and is showing signs of improving in practice, according to head coach Gus Bradley. "I go back to that individual period that has been really helpful to him," Bradley said. "He just had another one today. I think those periods and going against the defense to see the different looks. The challenge is sometimes we're telling him where to look to go with the ball. Maybe he doesn't follow his progression but his footwork, his throws and things like that he's doing a nice job."
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:06:27 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed four of six passes for 86 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown to WR Marqise Lee, during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:30:13 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will start the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Fantasy Tip: This shouldn't come as a surprise with most starters resting. Chad Henne has already been named starter for the regular season opener, but Bortles could end up starting some games before all is said and done. Still, he's not worth a draft pick at this juncture.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:00:13 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne will start the Week 1 game ahead of rookie QB Blake Bortles, head coach Gus Bradley said Friday, Aug. 22.
Fantasy Tip: Bortles has more fantasy upside, and the way he has played this preseason it's hard to believe that Bradley will not give the rookie a shot to start the opener. Henne is nothing more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:44:36 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked with the first-team offense for the first time during practice Monday, Aug. 18, taking three snaps in 11-on-11 drills.
Fantasy Tip: Bortles hasn't disappointed, but the Jaguars continue to bring him along slowly. Chad Henne should open the season as the starter, limiting Bortles' value to keeper leagues at this point.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:04:29 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has impressed the team with his progress in training camp and the preseason so far, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Fantasy Tip: Barring a catastrophic event or injury to Chad Henne, Bortles will enter Week 1 holding the clipboard on the sideline, and he's expected to sit the bench for most, if not all, of the season. It's nice to see Bortles play well early, but he shouldn't sniff any single-year rosters for fantasy football.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:55:30 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will get reps with the first-team in practice next week, as well as in the team's third preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.
Fantasy Tip: While Bortles has looked impressive, he does not have much fantasy football value at all outside of keeper leagues.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:31:24 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 11 of 17 passes for 160 yards in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 14.
Fantasy Tip: Bortles isn't worth drafting outside of keeper leagues at this point, but if he continues his solid play, he will be starting for Jacksonville sooner rather than later.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:32:07 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles may eventually receive first-team repetitions, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Bortles does end up as the team's starter, he's not a viable starting fantasy quarterback. It's best to stay away.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:20:30 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne will play the first half of the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 14, with QB Blake Bortles playing the second half.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:29:43 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 117 yards in his team debut in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bortles entered the game with the second team to a huge ovation.
Fantasy Tip: It was just one preseason game against a smattering of starters, backups and rookies, but Bortles certainly looked like the best quarterback on the field for either side. It is not clear if he will win the starting job in Week 1, but he clearly has a bright future. Fantasy owners will want him as a low-end QB2 if he can secure the starting gig.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:31:14 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will work exclusively with the second team in the team's first preseason game. The hope is to get Bortles extended reps, possibly playing the second quarter and into the third quarter.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:39:59 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles hasn't taken any snaps with the first-team offense in camp yet.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:24:31 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked on his development and has progressed faster than originally anticipated, according to offensive coordinator Judd Fisch. "I think that one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he's never done before. He's had OTAs and minicamp and then now he's got four weeks to figure out what is he going to do. I thought he really prepared so he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be," Fisch said.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:40 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A "redshirt year will help," according to Albert Breer.
Fantasy Tip: With Chad Henne in line to take snaps in Week 1 and hold the job for an extended period when healthy, Bortles is a project that will need plenty to go right in order to produce for fantasy players in 2014. He's an attractive dynasty piece, though, because of his athleticism.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:36 -0700
Although the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff is still high on QB Chad Henne, coach Gus Bradley said QB Blake Bortles could start a preseason game. "It would be late in the preseason if he did, and we'll see how things go," said Bradley. "We're really excited about Chad and what he's going to do so we'll see how it goes with him until that fourth preseason game."
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:46:32 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he will be ready if needed early in the season, even though the team plans on keeping him off the field in 2014. "I think you have to have the mindset that you have to go out and compete every day," Bortles said. "You want to be the guy. In my situation, whenever my number is called I want to be ready to go and execute the offense just like Chad would. That's my goal, to make sure I'm prepared and ready and continuing to get better."
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:40:53 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne is the no-doubt starter, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran. O'Halloran predicts rookie QB Blake Bortles could be the starter by Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins. Another possibility is Week 12 after the bye week.
Fantasy Tip: Henne is a weak QB2 but could be a worthwhile matchup play at some point. Bortles has little value in single-season leagues right now.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:05:11 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will receive first-team repetitions in training camp to experience "that type of environment," according to Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.
Fantasy Tip: QB Chad Henne is expected to be the opening-day starter, and Bortles won't see meaningful game action, if all things go as planned. Avoid the rookie in single-year formats.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:19:52 -0700
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed first-round pick QB Blake Bortles signed a four-year deal worth $20.6 million. The deal is fully guaranteed.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:07:50 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles took a step forward in practice, Friday, June 6, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley praised Bortles' poise, specifically, and he performed well in the practice despite throwing to an injury-depleted receiving corps.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:55:42 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' timing may have been hurt by attending the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:47:44 -0700
According to a report, each of the last five first-round quarterbacks started Week 1 of their rookie campaigns, the longest streak since the AFL-NFL merger. QBs Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were all first-round draft picks this year. The report also stated that 49 percent of first-round QBs started within their team's first five games.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:26:25 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said QB Blake Bortles bounced back in practice Tuesday, June 3.
Wed, 21 May 2014 05:36:35 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley reiterated that the team wants to give QB Blake Bortles a year to develop behind QB Chad Henne. "We really felt comfortable with (Henne) coming back, with a another year in the system," Bradley said. "And I think it gave us flexibility. Then when Blake was there available for us, we really wanted to capture that opportunity. We do feel good about where Blake's at, but we feel like this time that he has under Chad - a year to develop - will be really good in the end result."
Sat, 17 May 2014 15:08:12 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had a good second day of minicamp Saturday, May 17. He worked on holding the safety with his eyes and throwing away from him to an open receiver throughout practice. He also showed good pocket movement and rollout ability.
Sat, 17 May 2014 06:40:44 -0700
The Arizona Cardinals liked QB Blake Bortles leading up to the draft, and thought he could become a franchise quarterback. "Well, you know, we liked Blake Bortles a lot," general manager Steve Keim said. "We thought, when you looked at his size, his athleticism, his ability to improvise. He doesn't have quite the arm strength that Ben Roethlisberger had but he has some of the same skill set, naturally with his foot speed and athleticism to get out of the pocket and make plays with his feet, as well as stand tall in the pocket and make some of the throws down the field. And he's a guy, being a junior coming out, he still had some developing to do as well but we think his upside is pretty big."
Fri, 16 May 2014 13:17:50 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles took the large majority of snaps at the team's rookie minicamp Friday, May 16. Bortles took 50 snaps compared to QB Stephen Morris' 15. In 11-on-11 drills, Bortles was 6-of-8 passing.
Tue, 13 May 2014 09:49:29 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has taken over the locker that was used by WR Justin Blackmon.
Fri, 09 May 2014 10:52:11 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said he fell in love with QB Blake Bortles during the 2013 college football season but kept it quiet. "This process started early on," Caldwell said. "The quarterback process went early on in the fall last year and he was a guy that I always felt really strongly about, but I never let my intentions known. I let the process play out, and once our coaches got a hold of all the evaluations of our personnel staff, he became the consensus No. 1, without me influencing anybody. It became very clear to us that he was the guy at the quarterback position that we were going to target."
Fri, 09 May 2014 09:23:11 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said QB Chad Henne will enter the 2014 season as the starting quarterback, with QB Blake Bortles getting a chance to develop without the pressure of having to win games. "It's such an important position in this league and you want to do it right," Caldwell said. "That's what we're about. ... We have to make it work. We can't just throw him out there. We've seen what happens when that happens."
Fantasy Tip: Bortles shouldn't be on anyone's radar at all during draft season, unless you're in a long-term keeper league.
Thu, 08 May 2014 18:23:16 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he would be willing to sit on the bench this upcoming season.
Thu, 08 May 2014 18:22:33 -0700
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team would have selected QB Blake Bortles even if Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney was still on the board.
Thu, 08 May 2014 17:30:56 -0700
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Central Florida QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: The Jags throw a bit of a curveball with the big and mobile, but somewhat raw slinger. Jacksonville has said they're comfortable with Chad Henne starting, so maybe Bortles will sit this season. But if he wins the gig, Bortles will only be a low-end backup based on his upside. He seems like a decent fit if OC Jedd Fisch can get something going.
Thu, 08 May 2014 17:10:27 -0700
The Dallas Cowboys have Central Florida QB Blake Bortles as the top rated quarterback on their draft board, according to sources. An earlier report indicated Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel was the top quarterback on the board.
Thu, 08 May 2014 16:23:53 -0700
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles would not be surprised if the Cleveland Browns selected him with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, because he feels he made a great connection with the team during the pre-draft process, according to sources close to Bortles.
Thu, 08 May 2014 14:49:17 -0700
The Denver Broncos will not trade up in the first round of the NFL Draft to select Central Florida QB Blake Bortles, according to team sources. The Broncos are high on QB Brock Osweiler, who they selected in the second round in 2012, and they also have QB Zac Dysert on roster.
Wed, 07 May 2014 17:57:14 -0700
The Arizona Cardinals might work the phones in an attempt to move up in the 2014 NFL Draft if UCF QB Blake Bortles were to slide past the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8 overall.
Wed, 07 May 2014 17:55:23 -0700
UCF QB Blake Bortles might be a dark horse pick for the No. 4 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Wed, 07 May 2014 14:15:09 -0700
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles would love to get drafted by the Houston Texans. "Being drafted by the Texans is definitely a goal of mine," Bortles said. "I'd love to come to Houston. It's a great situation if you're a quarterback. It's a perfect spot because they have everything set up around the quarterback."
Sun, 04 May 2014 13:48:21 -0700
The Oakland Raiders aren't considering drafting Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel or Central Florida QB Blake Bortles with the No. 5 pick overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:42:54 -0700
The Houston Texans could consider selecting Central Florida QB Blake Bortles if they move down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:59:39 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are not scheduled to work out Central Florida QB Blake Bortles. The team has seen enough of Bortles when they attended his pro day. The team also met privately with Bortles during that trip.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:27:03 -0700
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Monday April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.