The Jacksonville Jaguars have continued their hard-line stance regarding their lack of desire to give Blake Bortles the starting quarterback job, but on a near daily basis it seems as if that grip continues to loosen just a bit.
Before training camp began, the Jaguars adamantly stomped their feet that Blake Bortles would be the backup quarterback, no questions asked. However, he continues to impress both in practice and during game action and the Jaguars have seemingly bent, although just a little, giving him more work with the first team that originally anticipated.
That’s going to continue this week as the team confirmed that Blake Bortles will see more first-team time.
“I think he’ll get some reps with the ones tomorrow,” coach Gus Bradley said after today’s two-hour practice (no pads). “I know the plan was sometime during this week.”
Bradley said the coaches still had to “talk about” how Bortles will be integrated into the first-team offense during practice – the whole segment (5-7 plays) or just a few plays here and there.
Bradley said the plan remains to have Bortles play a quarter with the first-team offense against the Lions.
It still remains to be seen if Bortles will be able to convince the Jacksonville Jaguars to take off the training wheels and let him open the season as the starter, though he’s certainly doing what he can to force the issue.
For now the Jaguars continue to maintain their stance though if Bortles continues to play at such a high level, they’re going to have a tough choice before camp concludes.