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Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles makes worrying comments about his throwing arm

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Jacksonville Jaguars fans seem content to have Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

The former University of Central Florida didn't have as impressive a rookie season as Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr for instance, but still, all Jags fans should be happy they spent that third overall pick on Bortles and not Johnny Manziel. 

However, Jacksonville fans may be worried by a shock confession Bortles made yesterday, in which he revealed his arm "deteriorated" last year.

Overuse Already?

You read that right, Bortles spoke at the start of Jacksonville's voluntary offseason conditioning program, and said that despite the fact that he was only in his rookie season, the QB's throwing shoulder was far from being 100% healthy.

"My arm kind of deteriorated during the season," Bortles said, according to a report from "It didn't affect anything. It was just, I think, a product of throwing for two years straight without any break."

Bortles can try and downplay this all he wants but it isn't going to make this a potentially worrying bit of news for fans of the Jags. The sophomore slinger is just 22-years old, one of the youngest quarterbacks in the league by a long way and he is already suffering from problems that shouldn't really be occurring until at least five years down the line.


Bortles was drafted just 12 months ago. To be fair to him, Bortles did go on to say what he was trying to do to correct that problem and stop it from happening again. 

"Took some time off, let it heal, and then went kind of (to seek) out some proper mechanics on how to make it never hurt again," he went on to say.

Blake Bortles has been a starting quarterback for at least the last six years, at the high school, college and now pro level. That's six years of playing the game of football and the quarterback position in a set way.

It is truly impossible to know if that deterioration he suffered is something that can be fixed or if in fact, it is a physical defect in his throwing shoulder that will only get worse or can be "fixed" by a surgery. And that should worry Jacksonville Jaguars fans. 


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