Bortles: 'What we're doing here is something special'

Published May. 28, 2015 12:38 a.m. ET

As the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to hold OTAs this week, second-year quarterback Blake Bortles expressed confidence both in himself and in the direction the team is heading.

Bortles, who spent much of the offseason training in California, told the team's official website he feels much more comfortable heading into his second season.

“Things were kind of just flying by, and I was just trying to hang on last year at this time,” Bortles said, according to “Now, it’s a totally different feeling. I’m excited for it. It’s definitely more comfortable.

“Now, I just have to focus on football, owning this offense and taking it to the field.”

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft said he can already see improvement from his offseason training.

“I think I’m throwing the ball a lot better than I did all last year. My arm feels a lot better," Bortles said.

“I’d say the most improvement, I guess, would have to be the throwing motion and the mechanics – tightening that up and speeding up the process."


While Bortles expressed faith in himself, he said he's a big believer in the vision put forth by general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley.

“What we’re doing here is something special,” Bortles said. “We’re on a track to build something that’s going to be consistent for a long time. Gus, Dave and (Owner) Shad (Khan) have provided us with an environment unparalleled in the NFL.

"I think we have the right guys here to flourish in that environment and take off.”

(h/t Jacksonville Jaguars)

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