JACKSONVILLE – He made his EverBank Field debut Saturday, and the debut was good.
That was the quick-take view for
The performance won’t count in the standings, not even the preseason standings.
But for starters …
Well, for Bortles – who worked with the second team while starter
“It was awesome,” Bortles said after the Jaguars worked in a mock-game format for about an hour in an open-to-the-public event that capped the first full week of 2014 Training Camp.
“There was a good crowd and they were loud. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed it. It was the first close-to-a-game atmosphere. We went through a simulation pre-game, so it was cool to go through that, and get a feeling for what it’s kind of going to be like. It was a lot of fun.”
With the format for the event controlled to create situations for evaluation, official statistics weren’t kept, but Bortles unofficially completed 9 of 13 passes for 79 yards and also had touchdown passes in a goal-line situation to tight end
Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, was particularly effective on his second drive, completing passes of 26, 15 and 15 yards and also throwing a deep pass that drew a 32-yard pass interference penalty.
“He’s starting to get it,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said.
Henne, who has worked with the starters throughout training camp and who is expected to start this season, unofficially completed 14 of 22 passes for 75 yards. Bradley said he was pleased with the play of both quarterbacks, saying specifically that Bortles has good command of the offense.
“He has really good poise back there,” Bradley said.
Bradley said Henne was particularly strong early, completing five of six passes for 39 yards on the game’s first drive.
“Chad came out and was really precise,” Bradley said. “That’s what we’ve seen in the OTAs and training camp – a really good command of the offense. I thought even the ones that were incomplete were some drops. We’re just going to keep going back to work. He’s not there yet but he has done a nice job.”
The Jaguars during the mock game were without several injured players, including wide receivers
GERHART NOT WORRIED
Jaguars starting running back
Gerhart, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason, said he believes he will practice on Monday and that he was held out for precautionary reasons.
“I feel like I’ve gotten a good amount of work in so far, getting a grasp of the offense,” Gerhart said. “It was a bummer not to be out there today.”
Talked with Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart after mock game. Called his situation "general leg tightness" and said he would have played in a game.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 3, 2014
“I thought Chad came out right away and is really good and really smart – good decision-making, quick decision-making. Those were good signs. Blake, too, had really good poise back there. That’s why I stood back there just to see how he handled himself. He showed really good signs of growing.”
--- Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley
“I felt like offensively we got a good tempo out there and got stuff accomplished tonight. All the young guys are coming along and stepping up to the challenge. If we keep building those guys up and creating depth, we’ll get where we want to be.”
--- Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne
“It was cool to get out there and go through getting play-calls from the headset from (offensive coordinator) Jedd (Fisch) on the sidelines, being on the field with no coaches. It was cool to go through game situations.”
--- Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles
*Bradley on the development of the run offense: “I saw some movement off the ball, especially in the red zone. I’m sure we’ll look at those things and see. But that’s what’s the preseason is about.”
*Bradley on second-year linebacker
PLAY OF THE DAY
*It’s always tough in a mock game to know what would have counted and what wouldn’t have in a game situation, but a play Bortles made early stood out Saturday. With the Jaguars running a drill with the offense coming out from deep in its territory, Bortles threw a 20-yard, over-the-shoulder pass to second-year veteran
*With Linder out,
*Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was active much of the night, making a stop on an end run by running back