To help get through the boring NFL offseason, we're going to attempt a series of breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars 90-man roster. This is obviously subject to change with Dave Caldwell's wont to churn the roster and I'm sure that trend will continue going forward. Nevertheless, we'll start going down the roster sheet in alphabetical order and touch on why a player might improve, or regress and their chances of making the roster.
Next up, quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Jaguars picked Blake Bortles to most everyone's surprise with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles was a "late riser" in the draft process because most expected him to go back to school for his senior season, but he's got all the physical traits team look for in a quarterback and seems poised in the pocket under duress. It's likely he'll need to sit for a little bit and work on his mechanics, but the Jaguars noted they planned to sit any quarterback they drafted anyway.
Why he might improve:
Bortles should theoretically improve simply by getting reps each and everyday. As mentioned, he has some mechanical issues that he'll need to work through and drill with repetition and that's exactly what he'll get leading up to the start of the 2014 NFL season. There's no pressure on Bortles to win a starting job or prove that he's worth the No. 3 overall pick, the team is simply just asking him to focus on improving and that's what he'll do.
Why he might regress:
He's a rookie learning the NFL game. There is no real level for Bortles to actually regress from at this point, but that doesn't mean he can't get worse and that might even necessary for him to go forward. Sometimes when you're rebuilding a player's throwing mechanics you need to tear everything down to build them up the correct way. I don't know that Bortles' issues are that bad, but it's possible we can see him take a few steps back before he leaps forward.
Chances of making the roster:
Hah. Yeah. Bortles is making the final roster, he's locked in. The only real question is if Bortles will actually be active on game day, or will the Jaguars feel the need to carry three quarterbacks on the final roster and keep Ricky Stanzi as the back up quarterback versus Bortles.