This offseason hasn't exactly been filled with glowing reviews for embattled Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Coming off a season in which Bortles threw for 3,905 yards, 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the 3-13 Jaguars, the fourth-year quarterback isn't inspiring much hope for 2017, either.
Now, even his receivers are getting frustrated with him, as star wide out Allen Robinson expressed during a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.
As you can see in the video below, Robinson runs a fade route to the end zone, but Bortles' pass sails past his outstretched fingers. Even if Robinson could have caught the ball, though, it wouldn't have mattered, as the pass was a few yards out of bounds:
"Keep that s--t in bounds, bro," Robinson can be heard exclaiming in the video.
Clearly, he's frustrated with Bortles, and also probably didn't enjoy the pass leading him into a Buccaneers coach on the sidelines.
Bortles' off-target throw comes just one day after coach Doug Marrone had limited his quarterback's pass attempts in practice, due to what he termed a "tired arm," according to the Associated Press:
"I just saw that his arm looked tired, so rather than push him knowing he was going to get all the reps that we needed for these next couple of days, I just said, 'Hey, it's my decision.' He said, 'Hey, I'm good. I can go.' I said, 'Look, let's just be smart.'"
However, Bortles' preseason struggles date back even further than Monday, as he started the summer off with one of the worst practice performances a quarterback can have.
Back in late July, Bortles threw five interceptions in one practice, prompting Marrone to tell NFL.com that he was concerned about the quarterback's performance:
"I think anytime someone doesn't perform to what you want to do, you're concerned about it," Marrone said. "He's not the only one that's out there. There's some good things.
"We're going to look at it. We're going to look at those plays. If there's any struggle or things we don't like, then obviously we're going to be smart enough to throw that crap out."
It seems as if the Jaguars are set on starting Bortles under center when the 2017 season kicks off in a few short weeks, but it will be interesting to see how long of a leash he has if he struggles early. Based on what we saw in the video above, Robinson may be the first one to call for Bortles to be benched.
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