Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles is further along than offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch expected him to be so far in training camp, making good progress from minicamp and OTAs to training camp.
"I think one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he’s never done before. He’s had OTAs and minicamp, and then now he’s got four weeks to figure out what he’s going to do," Fisch told reporters on Thursday morning.
Bortles still looks like a rookie at times in training camp, but you can tell each day he's improving and shows more flashes than the next. On Thursday morning, Bortles led a touchdown drive in team drills, capping it off with a deep touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone to fellow rookie Allen Hurns.
"I thought he prepared, he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be," Fisch continued. "He really worked hard with Ricky (Stanzi) this offseason and Stephen (Morris) during the summer time. They spent a lot of time together. They didn’t go travel around much at all to places. I think they stayed put for the most of the summer so that’s pretty good."
As of right now, the Jaguars plan is still to start Chad Henne Week 1 and it's hard to see that changing right now, but if Bortles continues his rate of improvement and shows out in the preseason in a few weeks, that conversation is going to come up.