Rookie to starting QB: Bortles feels no pressure

UCF standout takes helm of Jaguars offense 3 games into first season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Blake Bortles, who has been called "the future of the Jaguars," is a 23-year-old who was a the team's first draft pick this year -- third overall. The third game of the season, he was named the team's starting quarterback.

Bortles says he loves life in Jacksonville and everything the city has to offer.

"I love the city, access to the river, the beach and Downtown," Bortles said. "I'm really enjoying life here."

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The rookie quarterback said it's also wonderful that his family is so close and can come watch him play.

"It's not often that parents can say they watched their kid play high school, college and now NFL football in one state. My parents can say that," he said with a smile.


As for the pressure of carrying the moniker the "future of the Jags," Bortles said: "We are taught and I believe this is all about a team effort. I don't feel any pressure because of it. I just go out and play the best I can every Sunday."

Bortles added: "I'm living the dream! In my down-time I enjoy playing golf, spending time with friends and sometimes just doing nothing."

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