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Blake Bortles 2014 Season Outlook

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Bortles looked pretty good. Decision making was on point for the most part. Footwork is still messy. I didn't really like how the ball came out of his hand at UCF, but it looks like the mechanical improvements have really helped with that.

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Bortles looked pretty good. Decision making was on point for the most part. Footwork is still messy. I didn't really like how the ball came out of his hand at UCF, but it looks like the mechanical improvements have really helped with that.

This sounds eerily like every discussion of Matt Stafford from the last few years except that the Jaguars don't have Calvin Johnson.

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He looked good against the Bears. Showed good accuracy, nice touch, and a strong arm. He's got prototypical size, and moves well. I know Jax said that he will sit the entire year, but I don't buy that. Henne is a below-average starting QB, and isn't their future. Bortles will be starting at some point this year. His future looks bright, and they have plenty of young WR's with upside (Lee, Robinson, Hurns) that could help him succeed.

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Someone noted that one of the guys with the Jaguars(Bradley maybe?) was on the Seahawks when they made the decision to start Russell Wilson after talks of him not starting. Wouldn't surprise me if they suddenly decided to have him start week 1. He's done well from what I've seen.

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Bortles is a big dude. His short term success (whether that be in 2014 or 2015) will be largely dependent on the development of Lee and Robinson. Also, a potential Blackmon return somewhere down the line could really jumpstart this offense and/or Bortles' career IMO.

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Bortles is a big dude. His short term success (whether that be in 2014 or 2015) will be largely dependent on the development of Lee and Robinson. Also, a potential Blackmon return somewhere down the line could really jumpstart this offense and/or Bortles' career IMO.

I agree. I think they all will develop nicely this year and actually be a breakout offense next year. Bortles has looked great and Lee could be a very nice real life NFL wr.

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Someone noted that one of the guys with the Jaguars(Bradley maybe?) was on the Seahawks when they made the decision to start Russell Wilson after talks of him not starting. Wouldn't surprise me if they suddenly decided to have him start week 1. He's done well from what I've seen.

There's no way the Jaguars can start Henne for more than a few games. It would be incredibly foolish to delay Bortles' development by starting a stopgap vet for a year. I'd be shocked if Bortles doesn't start the vast majority of games for the Jaguars this season.

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This .gif is a thing of beauty.

Pulled off the play action and stepped right into the pass rushers' face to deliver a strike 30+ yards in the air into the middle of three defensive backs. I'm starting to like this guy.

What do you guys think of the Roethlisberger comparisons? Doesn't seem too far fetched.

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This .gif is a thing of beauty.

Pulled off the play action and stepped right into the pass rushers' face to deliver a strike 30+ yards in the air into the middle of three defensive backs. I'm starting to like this guy.

What do you guys think of the Roethlisberger comparisons? Doesn't seem too far fetched.

Not a bad comparison. Bortles is more athletic than Berger ever was though. Arms and size are comparable. The one thing that I'm not sure of is Bortles' ability to extend plays in the pocket. Berger is the best in the business at shaking off defenders and delivering passes under constant pressure and with defenders draped on him. Let's just hope he's closer to Berger than Gabbert.

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I have to admit when he first came out of college, I wasn't impressed, because his mechanics were awful. But his footwork and throwing mechanics are miles ahead of last year. Combine it with really good vision, a willingness to extend plays with his legs, and yeah, I'm very much on board with him being the highest-ceiling QB by a mile this year.

He still needs to learn not to zero in on his targets, and in the past, he's tried to be the hero and force the ball where he shouldn't, so those will need to be watched for when he plays real games vs. 1st team D's. But, long-term, he's got the mobility, downfield vision and accuracy to be a better version of Rothlisberger for sure. Of course, his floor is a LOT lower too, but the appeal also lies not only in his skills, but the fact his size projects the potential for longevity, and the JAX FO is really headed in the right direction personnel-wise. As a dynasty owner, I'm stoked to own him - realizing 2014 is a redshirt year fantasy-wise (even if he plays right away, he's not even close to QB1 territory).

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Bortles pulling out his best Dan Marino fake spike impression. Did the refs mistakenly stop the play thinking he spiked it?

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This guy looks amazing. He shows great composure and decision making for a rookie. I'm not sure how he will be from a fantasy perspective because of the team, but in a few years I think he will be something special.

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I'm hoping this kid gets a shot this year. There's a reason why he was the top QB in this year's draft. I think he might be a better roster stash than Manziel if you are looking for a high upside backup QB. Everyone is predicting Manziel will play starting week 5, but for Bortles the picture seems murkier.

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the kid has balls.

He was almost picked twice, but still, there some great plays.

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I can't remember the last time preseason dictated my feelings on a player as much as it has for Bortles this year. I might be reaching for him in my dynasty draft. The kid looks skilled and composed.

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Still surprised that there's not more talk about this guy. Yes, Jacksonville keeps saying that they're going to keep him on the bench and let him have a redshirt learning year behind the boring Chad Henne. But if preseason is any indication, this guy is a gamer. I think it'll be hard to keep him on the pine especially if the Jags start to lose.

I'm surprised that guys like Manziel and Carr are getting more chatter. Carr may have right now the clearest path to the starting job, so perhaps that's why he's getting more run, but I think Bortles deserves to be in the conversation as well.

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You guys like Bortles over Carr in fantasy?

Redraft probably more starts out of Carr. Dynasty Bottles.

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Watching the clips here and seeing him for the first time playing I'll say he looks like an amature. Most of his passes are more like throws as he's rolling out. That's not going to work for long in the NFL, it didn't for Kapernick, who's light years better from what I can tell.

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Watching the clips here and seeing him for the first time playing I'll say he looks like an amature. Most of his passes are more like throws as he's rolling out. That's not going to work for long in the NFL, it didn't for Kapernick, who's light years better from what I can tell.

There's a reason the Jags are planning on redshirting him. His needs time to let all the mechanical adjustments they are making become second nature.

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Any predictions on when he'll start his first game this season?

I'm betting by Week 3.

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