HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Blake Bortles has experienced the typical rookie season for a quarterback. There have been some bright spots, but overall, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. In 10 games thus far, the UCF product picked third overall in last year’s NFL draft has 15 interceptions to his nine touchdown passes. In that time, Bortles has helped the Jags win two games.

Johnathan Joseph has seen plenty of young quarterbacks over the course of his nine-year NFL career, so when he evaluates a young gun like Bortles, there’s a little more credibility.

So far, Joseph is clearly impressed.

“I like where he’s at mentally and just as far as being comfortable back there,” he said. “Obviously, he’s had some turnovers and things like that, but that’s part of the learning curve for a rookie quarterback. But I’m more impressed with him doing a read option on third down. Or trying to fit the ball into tight coverage and trusting his arm. Or just standing back there in the pocket and just seeing where the ball’s supposed to go and not bailing out at the last minute. Things like that. So I think he’s done a fine job of just adjusting to the NFL life overall as a quarterback.”

Among rookie quarterbacks, Bortles ranks second only to Oakland’s Derek Carr in quarterback rating, passing yards, and touchdowns. He leads all league rookies with his 62.4 completion percentage. And last week, as the Jaguars came back to beat the Giants 25-24, Bortles had his first full game without turning the ball over.

“Obviously, I think they want their record to be a lot better, but I think that team should be pleased with where he’s at from a progression standpoint because you’ve got a lot of quarterbacks in their rookie year, they seem to struggle a lot, but I think watching the games that I’ve watched, I think he’s gotten better, week after week.”


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