JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Inconsistency is something that all 23-year old quarterbacks in the NFL struggle with. Monday was a rough outing for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense. In learning a new offense under coordinator Greg Olson, those types of days are to be expected in early June. During Tuesday's OTA session, Bortles was able to get back on track.
"Yeah I struggled yesterday," said Bortles. "That's going to happen, that's part of it. Gus (Bradley) talks about having to face adversity and tough situations in order to have great growth. That was definitely adversity and uncomfortable because it wasn't good. So I think to be able to bounce back and have a better day today, it's still not as good as we need to be or as good as we're going to be come September. But it was definitely a step in the right direction."
Bortles threw for 2,908 yards and 11 touchdowns with 17 interceptions as a rookie last season. Still over a month away from the start of training camp he can already feel the difference between year one and two.
"It's definitely hard to compare this year and last year," said Bortles who started 13 games a rookie. "There's definitely a different mindset even though you're learning a new offense. It's different because I've had a year in the NFL. I've learned some but I have a lot more to learn. I still have a lot to do physically as well."
Now in year two, Bortles is much more outspoken in the huddle according to wide receiver Ace Sanders.
"It's his comfort level and him knowing the speed of the game," said Sanders. "He's much sharper at adjusting to different game situations. He's more of a leader this year. He's more vocal and takes more control this year."
Coach Bradley described Wednesday's OTA session as "highly competitive" and was proud of the way Bortles and the offense came together after some early adversity.
It's competitive," said Bradley. "Just like the two minute situation. It started off with a tip ball that led to an interception. Those things happen. But just like in the red zone the defense got up three to nothing, the offense came back and got three straight. And that's what can happen in games, if you keep your head up and keep believing. That will be the lesson for today."