Despite being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, the Jaguars front-office has maintained for over two months that Blake Bortles would ride the bench in his rookie season – that feeling may be waning as he enters the week practicing with the first-team offense.
After two straight preseason games with a passer rating above 90, QB Blake Bortles will enter practice this week practicing with the first-team offense.
“I think he’ll get some reps with the ones tomorrow,” head coach Gus Bradley told The Florida Times-Union after Sunday’s practice. “I know the plan was sometime during this week.”
The team drafted Bortles No. 3 overall out of UCF in the 2014 NFL draft, but the team decided shortly after they drafted him to let him sit and learn in 2014 behind incumbent starting QB Chad Henne.
The Jaguars plan to give Bortles at least one quarter with the first-team offense during the Week 3 preseason game against the Detroit Lions. However, Chad Henne is still expected to start the game.
“I’m not sure when it’s going to be, if it’s the second or third (quarter); we haven’t decided that,” Bradley said.
The Week 3 preseason game is usually referred to as the “dress rehearsal game” because the starters tend to play more in that preseason game than any other.