Blake Bortles was the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, with the Jacksonville Jaguars picking up the pro-style signal caller with the third overall pick.
Bortles had a turbulent rookie campaign to say the least though. Throwing only 11 touchdowns in 14 starts, the mobile quarterback also threw 17 interceptions.
Of course, these stats don't automatically make Bortles a terrible player. But the mechanical flaws that were evident in Bortles' game in 2014 should worry Jaguars fans somewhat.
It is well known that Bortles set out to refine his game this offseason, and he even enlisted the help of quarterback guru Tom House.
House, a well known trainer of stars such as the Patriots' Tom Brady, is said to be happy with Bortles' improvement, and the quarterback himself says that he can already see the positive difference following the mechanics change that he has made.
“To me, it’s a big difference. To the guys that I worked with it’s a big difference. It’s just more efficient. It’s better," Bortles told ESPN.
"It’s something when I was able to talk to [offensive coordinator Greg Olson] a while back, there were things we wanted to work on to fix. It was good because we were on the same page with things I was trying to fix anyways.”
These are positive comments from Bortles, and the vibes coming out of Jacksonville this offseason suggest the team should improve in 2015.
Bortles will have every opportunity to improve as well. The signal caller lacks a stable and consistent offensive line, but now he has a premier target in the passing game following the signing of tight end Julius Thomas.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bortles improves in his second year in the NFL, but what do you think? Let us know below.
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