The success of the 2015 NFL season for the Jacksonville Jaguars rests largely on the shoulders of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles, who struggled in his rookie season learning the NFL game and playing with a lot of other rookies on offense, spent most of his offseason working on his craft.
And it shows.
"From where he's at now compared to where he came in last year as a rookie, I think it's night and day," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told Mike DiRocco of ESPN.
"From the day he stepped on the practice field last year to the first day of training camp this year his ease of throwing motion, the tightness of his ball, the compactness of his motion, the quicker release, the footwork, the balance -- all those things I think are better."
Bortles spent the offseason throwing with throwing guru Tom House, who many top flight NFL quarterbacks work out with in the offseason. I've only been to one practice, but Bortles did look comfortable in what I was able to see and from what I've heard he's been better than last season already.
He still had a few head scratcher throws into traffic, but he does seem to have that gun slinger mentality where he's going to try to make a play. I did notice a lot more throws in the intermediate and down the field, which is where he should be strong. Thankfully, I don't think bad throws get into Bortles' head, which is a bit of a double edged sword.
The preseason in the new look offense with Bortles and some of the new additions should be very interesting to watch, if what we're seeing in practice carries over to the games.