Back with the coaches for the first time in six weeks, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said he spent most of his short vacation trying to further his knowledge of new offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s scheme.
Aside from a week in Lake Tahoe, Calif., for a celebrity golf tournament, Bortles was in Jacksonville. He threw to teammates during several sessions at Bishop Kenny High School, but did not make a return trip to southern California to work with Tom House.
Asked what his camp goals, Bortles said: “To come out of camp with a clear ownership of the offense. I got a brief overview of it going through the spring and had an opportunity this month to stay on top of it by continuing to review things.”
When the offseason program was completed, Olson and quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett gave Bortles plenty of homework, chiefly on pass protection. Bortles’ leadership developed last year when he started the final 12 games. He feels comfortable being in that role from the hop this year, the story went on to say. Bortles enters 2015 with Julius Thomas as his new TE and a young group of WRs looking to take the next step in the Jags offense. Despite that, Bortles is still buried on our QB list at 25th. There's some potential there, but he likely won't see a lot of draft day action in typical leagues. If he shows improvement, he could at least be a streaming option at some point this season.