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Andrew Norwell on Blake Bortles: ‘He’s one of the best I’ve been around’

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It’s only been three days of offseason practices for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but newly signed offensive lineman Andrew Norwell is already getting a good feeling about Blake Bortles.

When asked about Bortles on Friday afternoon, Norwell had a few specific things that stood out for him about the fifth-year quarterback.

“His communication. His confidence in the huddle. He gets everyone going. You know, he’s one of the best I’ve been around. He’s got a great sense of humor. When we are out there working together, we’re working to be better.”

Our friends at Cat Scratch Reader had high praise for Norwell after he left the Carolina Panthers in March.

“Andrew Norwell is a nice success story. He was a UDFA in 2014 and was never expected to contribute much for the Panthers. He ended up winning the starting left guard job and flourished, resulting in an All-Pro season in 2017. The Panthers would have likely tried to retain him if they didn’t already have several options who can fill in at left guard in his absence, or if they didn’t already tie up four-years, $45 million in right guard Trai Turner last July.

According to all the information available to us, Norwell is a great locker room guy and an overall good dude. He should fit in nicely with the Jaguars. On the field, he’s a mauler at left guard and according to one report is the only offensive lineman in the NFL who didn’t allow his quarterback to be touched all season.

tl;dr - He’s a pretty good dude off the field and an absolute beast on it. He definitely deserves to be one of the highest paid guards in the NFL and I’m bummed that he will no longer be a Panther.”

Norwell signed a five-year, $66.5 million contract in free agency a couple of months ago with an out after the 2020 season.