Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is pleased with the progress that has been made by his second-year quarterback, Blake Bortles.
Bortles has dropped 12 pounds and is in better shape this off-season but, more importantly, he has worked on his mechanics with esteemed throwing coach Tom House, who has previously tutored the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
In an exclusive interview with BritViewNFL.com and NFLUK.com, Bradley told me:
“We talk about getting better each and every day and what I love about Blake is that he really competed in the off-season.
“With some of the throwing issues that he had – the mechanics – he went and really got them cleared up. He’s not where he wants to be just yet but that’s what we love about him. We’ve seen a distinct difference in him with his mechanics from last year to this year.”
The reports out of Jacksonville certainly point towards Bortles being an improved player in 2015 and the technical refinements – working on footwork and shortening his release – appear to be key factors.
“Blake has always had confidence and he’s always been a really strong leader – the team gravitates towards him. But he’s working on those mechanical elements of his game right now and we’ve seen great progress.”
You can watch Neil Reynolds’ full interview with Gus Bradley on www.nfluk.com ahead of the new NFL season and also read feature articles on the Jaguars head coach on NFLUK.com and in the official gameday magazine sold at Wembley Stadium in October.