Jags coach Gus Bradley offering guidance to QB Carson Wentz
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has reason to feel pretty comfortable with his team's situation at quarterback given Blake Bortles is coming off a season in which he threw for more than 4,400 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Still, Bradley, who is coaching at the Senior Bowl, has taken a keen interest in North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
But it's not because Bradley hopes to bring Wentz to Jacksonville. The two share a connection in North Dakota State, where Bradley played and later coached. Bradley said this week he's offered his advice and perspective to Wentz, one of the most talked about prospects in Mobile this week.
The Jacksonville coach has a decade's worth of NFL experience to share, including drafting a quarterback in the first round in Bortles three years ago.
“We’ve been through it,” Bradley said. “So I wanted him to know that if he needed a perspective from the other side of things I was here. There’s a saying at North Dakota State — once a Bison, always a Bison. It really operates under a family approach. It doesn’t matter when you graduated, there’s a bond that’s formed. The big thing is how he handles it and he seems like he has everything in a great perspective.”
“Gus mentioned (this week) that he’s a resource for me,” Wentz said. “He told me he’s more than willing to help me in this process with anything I need, which is awesome.
Wentz said he's grateful to Bradley for his guidance as he navigates the pre-draft process.
In seven games as a senior, the 6-foot-5, 233-pound Wentz threw 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions in leading North Dakota State to its fifth consecutive FCS title.