Blake Bortles is benefiting from public displays of drunkenness that Johnny Manziel continues to display on an almost a weekly basis.
The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback has remained pretty quiet during the Jags OTA's and other activities so far this summer, and that relative silence is likely to pay off in the end.
Ultimately, the argument here is that Johnny Manziel's constant media presence right now is taking the pressure off Blake Bortles, but let's delve a little more before we come to the brutal conclusion.
Ever since the start of Johnny Manziel's Cleveland Browns career, he's been up to no good. Case and point was his first weekend out and about since he was drafted, Memorial Day Weekend.
Manziel spent that weekend enjoying himself with bikini-clad ladies and Rob Gronkowski in Las Vegas.
What was Blake Bortles doing? That's right, he was studying the Jacksonville Jaguars' playbook. And when he wasn't doing that during the first few weeks, he was spending time with his family.
Bortles higher pick
Blake Bortles was actually the higher pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it's easy to forget this fact. This is because of the intense hounding that Johnny Manziel has endured ever since his was drafted by the Browns.
The NFL is a passing league, and this accounts for why quarterbacks are the most heavily focused upon players in the league. But usually the first QB taken in a draft is the one under the most pressure coming into their rookie season.
Bortles was obviously rated higher in the draft, with Jacksonville taking him at three. But rather than live lavishly with his new found money, Bortles is busy studying and getting to know his teammates.
Even when he and Jags' wideout Marqise Lee were caught by TMZ Sports and interviewed on the street, Bortles looked cool, calm and focused, as he joked around with his teammate.
That interview was quite telling in fact, with both Bortles and Lee looking very comfortable in each other's company so early into their combination together.
With Johnny Football it's a different story all together. You barely see him anywhere with his new teammates. Manziel loves to hang out with his more affluent friends in places such as Vegas.
Bortles must love the lack of pressure he's under right now. And even when the focus is on him, he just comes up with strong and safe answers like "I just have to have the mindset of a starter." This guy might already have it all figured out unlike his fellow first round selection.
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