Aug 28, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) prepares to throw the ball during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Blake Bortles, quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars
2014 statistics: 3 wins, 10 losses, 280/475 (58.9%), 2908 yards, 11 TDs, 17 interceptions, sacked 55 times
2015 preseason statistics: 39/60 (65%), 461 yards, 1 touchdown
The worst statistical quarterback among the three rookies from 2014, Blake Bortles has worked hard this offseason to improve.
The reports from Jacksonville were consistently touting his development and how good he looked in training camp. The rest of the NFL got to see how much progress he has made during the preseason. Bortles has looked much sharper than he did his rookie season. With much better mechanics, poise, and better decision making the proof is in the pudding (read: statistics).
Bolstering his completion percentage by a little over six points (with six credited drops by his receivers according to Pro Football Focus), Bortles has turned in an impressive performance.
Also critical in his development is his yards per attempt, which has been improved to 7.7 during the 2015 preseason, which is a full 1.6 yard increase over his 2014 numbers.
While it isn’t all about looking good, the biggest improvement to observes for Blake Bortles has to be his poise. While Bortles looked capable of slinging it all over the field in his rookie season, he now stands taller, moves in the pocket better, feels the rush better, and continually looks down field for strikes.
All in all, Bortles looks much improved. He’s been a preseason superstar, but is that enough to put faith in his ability to bring wins? That’s up to you in the poll at the end of this post.
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