It has been well documented that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has been working with renowned throwing coach Tom House during the off-season – and the results have been positive, according to the second-year passer and all those in and around the AFC South team.
All eyes were on Bortles as he entered the NFL as the third overall pick of the Jags in 2014. But his rookie year did not exactly go to plan as the University of Central Florida product threw for 2,908 yards, 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and was sacked a painful 55 times.
But Bortles has worked with the man who has tutored the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees and everyone in Jacksonville – from general manager Dave Caldwell to head coach Gus Bradley and to writers and broadcasters who cover the team – told me it’s like day and night when comparing the 2014 and 2015 versions of Blake Bortles.
So how would the 2015 Bortles view the 2014 Bortles?
In an exclusive interview with BritViewNFL.com and NFLUK.com, Bortles replied: “I would probably say, ‘Wow, that sucked!’
“I’m definitely my hardest critic and I’m always wanting more from myself and working on improvements. I feel more comfortable and more confident.”
Bortles has worked on shortening up his throwing motion as he entered the NFL with a longer delivery than desired. He has also been working on his footwork and, perhaps most importantly, he has worked hard to make all his good habits exactly that – habits that can be relied upon in the heat of battle.
Bortles explained: “I want to improve in order to help this team be more consistent on our journey to more wins. I want to make everything consistent so it becomes muscle memory and I can go out and do things the right way without even thinking about it.”
You can watch Neil Reynolds’ full interview with Blake Bortles on www.nfluk.com ahead of the new NFL season and also read feature articles on the Jaguars quarterback on NFLUK.com and in the official gameday magazine sold at Wembley Stadium in October.