The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and they'll be doing so with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles at the helm. Bortles met the media on Wednesday for the first time as the team's starting quarterback. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary, as it's the standard press conference the media gets with the starter each week leading up to the game.
While Bortles is getting his first start, he got game action in the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts and he thinks it will help him out headed to Sunday.
"I think it helped out a lot," Bortles said. "It’s definitely going (to help) from taking minimal reps and watching Chad (Henne) go through it and visualizing things on film and the meeting room to going through it now and getting actual, live reps at it in practice. That’ll help out – getting a week of preparation. I’m looking forward to it."
Bortles continuously noted how much sitting behind Chad Henne and working with him helped him prepare and said he wasn't doing much different than he was already doing to prepare himself, already showing up early and watching extra film even while he was the backup.
"I feel good with it. You’re going to get more comfortable with it each and every day as those guys are too," Bortles said when asked how he felt with the offense. "Everybody is going through this together and learning this whole process as a unit. It’s part of that. We’re going to get better each and every week and continue to learn and continue to correct mistakes."
He also mentioned he knows the Chargers have a talented veteran defense with a good pass rush.
"I think they will do a lot of different things. Like I said, they have some veteran guys on defense that have played football for a while, so they’re going to know and see a lot of things," Bortles said.