Third overall pick Blake Bortles signed a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who envision the Central Florida quarterback and Orlando native the quarterback of the future.
The contract is worth $13.34 million with a fifth-year option.
The 2013 offensive player of the year in the American Athletic Conference threw for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is the second top-10 pick drafted at quarterback in four years (Blaine Gabbert), and the latest regime of general manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley wants to practice patience with Bortles, a raw prospect with upside to draw comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger.
Bradley said Bortles continued to make progress in his development as a NFL quarterback and during this week’s minicamp, he will get some work with the first-team offense behind starter Chad Henne. Bortles was asked how he judged the progress he’s made in the three weeks of team OTAs.
“I think just on learning from what you’re doing, learning from the mistakes that I’ve made inside of OTAs, learning from the things I’ve done right and how I can improve those things and continuing to do that. (I need to),” he said. (I need to) eliminate and minimize errors. I need to continue.
“I’m meeting every morning with coach (offensive coordinator Jedd) Fisch and having Chad, Ricky (Stanzi) and Steve (Morris) to be able to bounce things off of. And obviously getting reps. I think that’s the best way for me to try and progress, to be on the field and watch Chad do it. Then I get an opportunity to go do it.”