Blake Bortles is ready to learn anything and everything 

The Jaguars’ star QB in-the-making continues to improve. Bortles has shown enormous strides in his 3rd offseason with the team, the 2nd under Greg Olsen’s offense. What are Bortles’ thoughts on this offseason, though? 

It’s good. It’s continuing to go.  1

The coaching staff is elated with Bortles’ progress thus far, but they need to keep pushing him in order to maximize his potential. After eight days of OTA’s, it’s clear that Bortles is comprehending the offensive scheme more thoroughly.

In order to improve on what he built last season, Bortles is going to need to cut down the turnovers. While he had an awesome, Pro Bowl-caliber season in terms of yardage (4,428) and touchdowns (35), he threw 18 interceptions. I believe when he fully understands why certain plays are being called in certain situations, he’ll be able to trim that number down. 

In 2016, I fully expect the offense to take another leap forward. While Bortles gets more comfortable this season, I’d like to see the no-huddle offense get some more usage. I also anticipate more adjustments at the line of scrimmage for the Jaguars. The future is very bright, and Bortles will need to serve as our Prodical Sun. 

  1. John Oeshner, Jaguars.com

Jaguars looking to get more use out of the no-huddle offense in 2016

Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen plans to use the no-huddle offense even more this season. Olsen told the Florida-Times Union, “When we evaluated the end of the season, we thought one of the things Blake was pretty comfortable with was our two-minute package so we’ve incorporated (more) of that.”

The Jaguars barely even utilized the no-huddle last year, which is fine. But expect Blake Bortles to take more command of the offense in his third year. Bortles was 22/33 for 348 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 interceptions while running the no-huddle last season. His yards-per-attempt were one of the highest in the league.

Over the off season, the Jaguars haven’t done too much on offense. They’ve added some offensive line depth, and signed RB Chris Ivory to a somewhat lucrative deal. It will be interesting to see how much Greg Olsen uses the no-huddle this season, but he sure seems to trust his quarterback. Olsen has admitted that Bortles is getting even better, but mentioned he still needs to put in some more work to “get there.”

This will be Bortles’ and Olsen’s second season together. Bortles will need to take even more control of the offense this year, and he can accomplish that by mastering the no-huddle offense.

Allen Hurns’ contract extended 4 years

The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up part of their promising, young offense today.  The Jaguars signed 3rd-year wide receiver, Allen Hurns, to a 4-year contract extension.  The deal is believed to be worth $40 million, with about half of that being guaranteed money.

Because Hurns was an undrafted free agent in 2014, the two sides were able to negotiate a new deal.  The Jaguars jumped on the opportunity to re-sign Hurns before the market explodes.  The NFL’s salary cap is on a huge rise, and the prices of contracts will just continue to soar.  Had Hurns been considered a draftee, he wouldn’t have been eligible to negotiate a deal until next season.

This deal makes Allen Hurns one of the top 10-highest paid receivers in the league (2017-2020), a number than many may scoff at.  However, the former UDFA certainly deserves a pay raise.  In 2015, he recorded a 64/1,031/10 line, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.

Hurns has been a big part of Blake Bortles’ rise in the league.  I believe the Jaguars made a wise decision to lock up Hurns before the next big wave of contracts comes in.  A lot of receivers around the league will be delighted to hear news of the Hurns deal, especially Hurns’ teammate Allen Robinson.  Robinson is due for a big-time raise next season, after he completes the 3rd year of his rookie deal.

Thank you to Keith Allison for the featured image.