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Blake Bortles could play into 3rd quarter against Buccaneers

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The Jaguars plan to give Blake Bortles some extended playing time on Friday.

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't giving rookie quarterback Blake Bortles a run out with the first team offense on Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first preseason game, but it sounds like the plan is to give him some extended playing time.

After a light practice on Thursday morning, reporters asked Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley how much Bortles would play on Friday. He was asked if Bortles would play all of the second and third quarter and while Bradley didn't give a specific answer, he did seem to indicate Bortles would get plenty of playing time.

"We'd like to get him some extended reps," Bradley told reporters after practice, via Ryan O'Halloran.

Typically in the first preseason game the starting unit will play roughly the first quarter, or sometimes just a single drive if everything goes to plan. There might be some first team players sprinkled in by the time Bortles hits the field, such as rookie receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns and potentially some of the offensive lineman battling for starting positions.