Thanks to higher-profile first-round quarterbacks and the low profile that comes from six years and counting of no playoff berths, the Jaguars have been able to avoid plenty of the attention that otherwise would come from having the third overall pick in the draft supposedly parked behind a career journeyman.
That could soon be ending, though, as recent rave reviews of rookie Blake Bortles combined with a strong showing in Saturday night’s intrasquad scrimmage could make Bortles’ elevation to starter a Week One inevitability.
It was inevitable from the day of the draft. Teams don’t invest the third overall pick on a player who will languish on the bench. Like the Browns and Vikings, however, it makes sense to keep expectations and attention low by putting the player in a no-lose situation.
Blake Bortles has been playing so well that even the guy who currently holds the starting job admits it.
“I thought he did a good job,” Chad Henne said of Bortles’ performance in the scrimmage. “All his reads were correct, going to the right places with the ball, and that’s all you want with a young guy: Make sure that the ball’s going to the right place and making good decisions out there.”
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