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Blake Bortles still on pace to achieve several milestones

The Jaguars are set to unload and dig though a bundle of issues as they arrive at their bye-week, but the quarterback situation isn't one of them.

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The Jaguars earned a week of rest after snatching a win from the familiar clasp of defeat in London this past Sunday.

As the team regroups and prepares for the second half of the 2015 season, second-year quarterback Blake Bortles will look to sustain his role in the Jaguars' on-going offensive revival.

Bortles has accumulated 15 touchdown passes in the first seven games of the season, 11 of which have landed in the hands of the A-team -- Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson.

If Blake is able to maintain grip on this pace through the final nine games of the season, he will end up smashing the season-touchdown pass mark set by David Garrard in 2010.

Garrard threw 23 TD passes that year. This season, Blake is looking at 35.

Bortles is also on pace for over 4100 passing yards on the year, which would push the second-year QB close to the Jaguars all-time single season passing record, set by Mark Brunell in 1996 with 4367 yards. This record sits over 700 yards above the second-leading total in team history, which happens to be occupied by Brunell as well (3640 in the 2000 season).

If Bortles stays healthy this season, he'll undoubtedly shove his way somewhere into that paragraph as well.

Similarly, Blake will very likely touch the mark set for completions in a season. The Jaguars record stands at 353 by, you guessed it, Brunell in 1996. Blake is on pace for 345 completions.

If Bortles is able to finish out the remaining nine games this season, he'll pass Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in career games played. This will place Bortles in a 4-man grouping with other "long-term" Jaguars QBs -- Brunell, Garrard, and Byron Leftwich.

In his second season, Blake Bortles is already staring at a few Jaguars milestones -- numbers and records that we just haven't felt the need to unearth and dust off in recent history.

Still, the Jaguars sit at 2-5 on the season, and it's fair to say that these records and milestones won't hold much weight if they're carried on the shoulders of another disappointing season.

But at the very least, these numbers point to a stable situation at quarterback -- something the Jaguars just haven't had in recent years. I'm not one for moral victories, but I do think we've earned the right to root for and celebrate Blake Bortles' maturation as a Jaguars quarterback.

Blake's 2015 season totals might not end up being that flashy, but they might just give us a glimpse of some things we haven't seen in a long time.

And in some cases, some things we've never witnessed before.