Jaguars QB Bortles making strides in backup role

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - There are plenty of signs that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is making steady strides as a rookie.

One of the most telling ones came in the third quarter of last week's preseason game at Chicago.

Bortles got to the line of scrimmage on a second-and-1 play, recognized the coverage, checked from a run to a pass and then found his third option down the left sideline for a 29-yard gain.

Between the pre-snap read, the audible, the in-play progression and the throw, it was a perfect performance by the third overall pick in May's NFL draft.

Despite getting repetitions with the first-team offense in practice this week and a planned quarter of work with the starters at Detroit on Friday, Bortles remains the backup.

At least for now.


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