Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has drawn some serious praise from national media in his first few months in the league. He was called the second-best backup in the league behind Michael Vick and some thought he could help garner the team a winning season.
But now NFL.com columnist Chris Wesseling included Bortles in his "top 10 strongest arms" list, which puts the Jaguars rookie among the likes of Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger, saying:
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft gained 20 yards or more on one-third of his preseason passes versus less than 10 percent for Chad Henne. According to Pro Football Focus' metrics, Bortles had the NFL's highest accuracy percentage on preseason deep throws. Bortles also made a series of impressive stick throws from the pocket and was accurate on the move.
Even Daniel Jeremiah contributed some Bortles compliments of his own, noting that the rookie has "improved his velocity from college by incorporating more of his lower body into throws" among other things.
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