Despite his impressive preseason debut on Friday evening against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars don't plan to give rookie quarterback Blake Bortles first team snaps against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Bradley said "Don't count on it," when asked about Bortles getting first team reps at his Saturday press conference, via Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union.
#Jaguars blog -- "don't count on," Bortles playing with 1s this week or against Bears. http://t.co/4iP0yyyeXQ— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 9, 2014
This isn't necessarily a shocker, as the Jaguars have continuously stated they're not going to rush things and one shouldn't expect them to make a decision on their starting quarterback based on a single preseason game.
Bradley did mention both in his post-game press conference and on Saturday that Bortles will get reps with the first team at some point and my guess will be in the third preseason game against the Detroit Lions. The starters typically play until the third quarter, so it would give the team an ample look at Bortles with the first string.
It's worth noting in Seattle, where Bradley saw the quickly progression of Russell Wilson, Wilson didn't get first team reps until the third preseason game. This isn't a foreign situation to Gus Bradley.