Jaguars QB Bortles looking forward to Year 2 in same offense
If the early returns are any indication, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles thinks he and the offense are capable of big things in 2016 and beyond.
Bortles set single-season franchise records for yards and touchdowns in his first season in offensive coordinator Greg Olson's system, while throwing to a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.
The Jaguars also have a promising young running back in T.J. Yeldon, as well as tight end Julius Thomas, who missed four games at the start of the season with a hand injury, but caught touchdowns in four straight games late in the year.
All of which makes Bortles optimistic about the success the team can have in their second season in Olson's offense.
"To have the same guys in a system for a long period of time, I think the arrow is going to continue to go up," Bortles said. "Guys are going to continue to grow and get better and more comfortable and confident to the point where, as a player and as an offensive unit, we’ll own the system.
"That’s where you’ll see so many of the older guys and the older quarterbacks that do know how to do stuff like that because everybody has a good understanding of the offense now and what’s going on schematically."
Bortles finished the season throwing for 4,428 yards with 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for the 5-11 Jaguars.
His 35 touchdowns were second-most behind New England quarterback Tom Brady, but if the Jaguars are to make strides next season, Bortles will have to cut down on turnovers. His 18 interceptions in 2015 led the league.