The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised a lot of people when they selected Blake Bortles in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Despite spending such a high pick on Bortles, the Jaguars have a plan to bring the UCF Knights product along slowly as they allow him to develop.
In the meantime, veteran Chad Henne will be serving as the team’s starting quarterback.
One area in particular that the Jaguars believe Bortles needs to improve is with his lower body mechanics.
From Albert Breer of the NFL Network:
… Big thing the Jags want to correct with Bortles — lower-body mechanics. Been too much an “arm thrower”. Redshirt year will help.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 24, 2014
Bortles certainly has the talent to succeed in the NFL, but the Jaguars are smart to bring him along slowly.
It is a bit refreshing to see a team not falling to the pressure of starting a rookie quarterback from Day 1 and the decision to roll with Henne out of the gate should benefit all parties in the long run.