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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was dealing in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions.  The 2nd-year signal caller completed 20 of 29 passes for 241 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs in 2-and-a-half quarters of action.  He added another 38 yards on 4 carries.  Bortles looked confident in the pocket, comfortable in the offense, fit some balls into tight windows and used his athleticism when he had to.  It was as impressive a performance we've seen by a QB this preseason.  It's never wise to put too much stock into exhibitions, but Bortles seems ready to take a giant leap in his 2nd season.  We just bumped him up our QB rankings.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley recently revealed that QB Blake Bortles was dealing with "dead arm" down the stretch last season.  He experienced inflammation and had to cut back on practice reps.  Bortles also suffered a toe injury in December that impacted his footwork.  The injuries at least partly explain his ugly 50.4% completion rate and 4.8 yards-per-attempt average in the final 4 games.  Bortles posted a 62.3% completion rate and 6.7-yard average in his first 10 games.  Neither the shoulder nor the toe required surgery, and Bortles is at 100% heading to training camp.  With a year of experience under his belt and an improved supporting cast, there's plenty of potential for a big leap in 2015.  Bortles is an intriguing QB2 available in the final few rounds of drafts.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked on more than just his throwing mechanics in his time with QB guru Tom House's team this offseason. The sessions also focused on bio-mechanics, conditioning, nutrition and the mental side of the game. “Blake really worked smart this offseason," said Adam Dedeaux of 3DQB, where Bortles trained. "He now has a process that’s going to work for him to be successful, which is the main goal. His attention to detail, wanting to get better, his expectations of himself, are right there with the best. I know he’s taking that into training camp. The dude got after it.” That process has reportedly included trimming Bortles down from 250 pounds to 238. We'll see how all of the work translates to on-field performance. His strong arm and mobile legs plus an intriguing young group of pass catchers give Bortles plenty of fantasy upside at his low draft price.

The Jaguars continued to add offensive weapons by selecting WR Rashad Greene in the 5th round.  Jameis Winston's favorite target, Greene tallied 175 catches, 2,493 yards and 16 TDs over the past 2 seasons.  He's a versatile receiver who runs crisp routes and has reliable hands.  Greene seems ready to make an immediate impact and could compete for a top-3 spot in Jacksonville's WR corps this season.  We just wonder about his long-term upside as a 5'11, 182-pounder with 4.5 speed.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles spent part of the offseason working with QB mechanics guru Tom House, whose other clients include Tom Brady and Drew Brees.  “Tightening mechanics,” Bortles said the pair worked on. “Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that. Having a checklist and being able to say it was a bad throw and this is what went wrong and this is how you fix it.”  It's an encouraging sign from a guy who completed just 58.9% of his passes with 11 TDs and 17 INTs as a rookie.  Greg Cosell opined earlier this offseason that Bortles "lost his technique" last year and needs to go "back to basics."  It appears he's doing that.  Bortles still has big strides to make before we can consider him a reliable fantasy asset.  But he has the athleticism and supporting cast to become at least a strong matchup play this year.

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports that Jacksonville has reached a deal with free-agent TE Julius Thomas, reportedly worth about $9 million per year. That sure seems like overpaying for a guy who has lost at least 2 games to injury in each of his 4 seasons. Jake Davidow of pointed to the ankle Thomas fractured early in his career as a potential recurring trouble spot. Thomas has managed consecutive 12-TD seasons and will head into his age-27 campaign in 2015. We certainly expect a significant dip in his fantasy value moving from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, but the move at least helps the Jags QB by giving him another talented pass-catcher.

The Jaguars have named Greg Olson their new OC.  Olson has his work cut out for him after Jacksonville finished 31st in total offense each of the past 2 seasons.  Olson spent those years running the Raiders offenses, which ranked 23rd and 32nd, respectively, in total yards.  He got an encouraging rookie season out of QB Derek Carr, though, and was also OC in Tampa Bay for the promising start of QB Josh Freeman's career.  Now Olson will work with another young QB in Blake Bortles.

The Jaguars have fired OC Jedd Fisch, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Fisch spent 2 seasons in Jacksonville, leading the Jags to a pair of 31st-place finishes in total offense.  It's tough to imagine the new OC being a downgrade, but it does mean that QB Blake Bortles will have a new offense to learn.

Jags QB Blake Bortles (foot) is active for tonight’s game against Tennessee. Despite a favorable matchup, the rookie should remain far away from fantasy lineups. He’s tallied just 2 multi-TD outings all season.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot) is expected to start Thursday night's game against the Titans.  He's officially listed as questionable, and a final decision won't be made until pregame warmups.  But Bortles put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the sprained foot is obviously minor.  Despite the plus matchup, though, the rookie is a low-end QB2 in fantasy football.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley said Tuesday that QB Blake Bortles is "progressing more quickly" than expected from his mid-foot sprain.  It sounds like he has a shot to play against the Titans on Thursday night, although we're still betting it'll be Chad Henne.  Neither guy is a recommended fantasy play, despite the plus matchup.  The Jags have topped 17 points in just 1 of their past 5 games.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has a mid-foot sprain.  HC Gus Bradley labeled the rookie "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Titans, but we'd be surprised if Jacksonville threw him out there at less than 100%.  Look for QB Chad Henne to get the start.  The Jags' entire passing game is best avoided in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is dealing with a sprained left ankle and shoulder inflammation, according to HC Gus Bradley.  He played through both ailments this past weekend and is expected to play against the Texans this Sunday.  Bortles snapped his 9-game INT streak yesterday but finished with just 194 yards and 1 TD.  He's a low-end QB2.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley named QB Blake Bortles his Week 4 starter immediately after Sunday's loss to the Colts.  Bortles had an up-and-down debut, tossing 2 TDs and 2 INTs.  But he's clearly Jacksonville's best option.  The rookie figures to hang on to the starting gig for the rest of the season.  He's worth adding in deep fantasy leagues.

1:44pm EDT 9/21/14

Jaguars QB Chad Henne was benched for the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Colts.  He completed 4 of 7 passes for 33 yards in the first 30 minutes.  QB Blake Bortles is in at QB for Jacksonville -- potentially for good.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles couldn't have asked for a better final pass of his initial preseason.  The rookie hit fellow rookie WR Marqise Lee deep for a 57-yard TD early in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's preseason finale.  Bortles left after that series, having completed 4 of his 6 passes for 86 yards on the night.  He did take 2 sacks behind Jacksonville's shaky line and nearly throw a 1st-quarter INT.  But the 3rd overall pick finished the preseason 32-of-51 for 521 yards with 2 TDs and no picks.  Expect to see him on the field by mid-season for a Jacksonville squad with little to get excited about.  Veteran QB Chad Henne sat out the contest, which makes his opening-day starter job look safe.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley named QB Chad Henne his Week 1 starter after Friday night's preseason game.  Henne has been solid in August, completing 65.7% of his passes with 1 TD and 0 INTs. Blake Bortles has looked like Jacksonville's best QB, though.  The Jags are sticking with their plan to redshirt Bortles for now, but we're still expecting to see the rookie under center at some point this season.  This remains a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley announced that QB Blake Bortles will play 1 quarter with the 1st-team offense in the 3rd preseason game.  That'll still leave at least 1 quarter for QB Chad Henne to work with the starters.  The veteran remains the favorite to start Week 1, but the rookie has made up some serious ground with a couple excellent showings in Jacksonville's first 2 preseason games.  It remains a situation to avoid in redraft fantasy leagues.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles enjoyed another solid outing in the team's 2nd preseason game, completing 11 of his 17 passes for 160 yards and leading a couple of FG drives.  Two of Bortles' incompletions came on a clock-stopping spike and a drop by TE D.J. Tialavea, according to The Florida Times-Union.  HC Gus Bradley mentioned after Bortles' 1st preseason appearance that the Bucs didn't give him the same kind of defensive look -- including just 1 blitz -- that he'd see in the regular season.  And the Bears weren't throwing extra pass-rushers at the rookie Thursday night.  Those factors are important to keep in mind while not overrating Bortles' performances.  Still, he's probably looking steadier than most would have expected and could force his way onto the field sooner in real games.  Of course, it's also worth noting that QB Chad Henne played well against Chicago on Thursday night, too.  The veteran completed 12 of 17 throws for 130 yards and a TD.

Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union called the debut performance of rookie Jaguars QB Blake Bortles "by far the offensive highlight" of the team's Friday night preseason opener.  Bortles completed 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards and led the team to 3 points within his 22 snaps of action.  According to O'Halloran, 3 of those 4 incompletions came on drops by Jacksonville wideouts. HC Gus Bradley wouldn't say yet whether his 1st-round pick would get time with the starters this preseason, however: “We’ll keep evaluating it. … We’ll see how it progresses — we’ll see how the fourth game goes. It could happen earlier, depending on how things go."

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