Blake Bortles offseason watch: Jaguars QB working with 3DQB, Marqise Lee; to work with Robinson, Hurns in Arizona
Blake Bortles has been working with the coaches from 3DQB this offseason. After skipping working with the QB "gurus" in California during the 2016 offseason in favor of working exclusively with his own wide receivers, it became clear that Bortles, like many of the greats, needed to work on his mechanics every offseason in order to avoid the type of mechanical breakdowns that we all saw during the 2016 campaign.
Regarding the time that Bortles has spent with the 3DQB in California this offseason he had this to say:
I've really enjoyed the time I spent out there. I think it's been really beneficial. I feel really good as far as where I'm at mechanically, and how the ball's coming out and how it's spinning.
But don't just take his word for it. Check out this video from 3DQB that shows Bortles' footwork and mechanics as they are now. Granted this isn't live game action, but it's still encouraging.
Bortles will head back out to California this week to finish work with 3DQB, before he heads to Arizona to work with Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. He is scheduled to return Jacksonville in two weeks. He was able to work with Marqise Lee while they were both in California for a portion of this offseason.
Bortles feels that in terms of the mental side of the game he was able to find "a good rhythm" with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett towards the end of the season and is confident in their working relationship moving forward.
The first thing that Bortles worked on this offseason in terms of mechanics was his release, specifically tightening it up. He focused on making the release "as quick as possible" and "never letting the wrist get below the elbow (during the release)".
On where his release stands now Bortles said "it looks better, it's more efficient".
Everything appears to be on track for Bortles and the rest of the Jaguars to compete this year. After a bevy of defensive and special teams upgrades in free agency, combined with a new sense of urgency this offseason, it appears that the Jaguars may have their best chance to make a playoff push in some time. But don't forget, EVERYONE believed the same thing to be true last offseason.
Things look good - In fact they look really good for the Jaguars. However none of it matters until the Jaguars prove themselves on the field in September.
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