UCF fable Blake Bortles could go from Jaguars starter to being cut

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Our child Blake Bortles is not usually in danger of losing his starting quarterback pursuit with a Jacksonville Jaguars, he competence usually get cut from a group altogether.

We all suspicion this would be a make-or-Blake deteriorate in Jacksonville, though small did we know it would be a make-or-Blake preseason. After observant and discussion what transpired in a muster diversion with a Bucs Thursday night, Bortles is clearly on a chopping retard since of his discontinued play and unsure contract.

In an unusually vehement postgame news discussion after a Jaguars’ 12-8 home loss, Jacksonville conduct manager Doug Marrone simply could not censor his beating with Bortles any longer.

“I’m looking for someone that’s going to lead this offense,” Marrone said. “I’m not happy with a performance. I’m not going to lay here and B.S. anyone. Everyone saw it out there.”

Bortles, a former UCF and Oviedo High star quarterback, is entering his fourth year in Jacksonville and is visibly regressing. You know Blake contingency be bad when a Jaguars are commencement to consider Chad Henne competence be a improved option. It has spin utterly apparent Bortles is fast losing a certainty of his coaches and teammates.

Which is because there’s a propagandize of suspicion a Jaguars might usually cut him instead of gripping him. You see, there’s a proviso in Bortles’ agreement that guarantees him $19 million subsequent deteriorate if an damage prevents him from flitting a physical. If a Jaguars don’t trust Bortles is a long-term answer during quarterback, afterwards because not usually cut him and equivocate a risk of a season-ending damage that would cost a group $19 million subsequent season?

This whole disaster usually goes to uncover a incessant insufficiency of a Jaguars. Barring injury, how many franchises could see their quarterback conditions spin into a smoldering tire glow usually dual games into a preseason?

SHORT STUFF: That sloshing sound we hear entrance from a Purple Palace is Orlando City’s deteriorate encircling a empty as a group prepares for Saturday’s home compare opposite a Columbus Crew. The Lions are 2-9-6 in their final 17 matches and are fast vanishing from playoff contention. In my mind, another detriment Saturday night would flattering many send a Lions into a genocide turn from that they couldn’t recover. Instead of “Defy Expectations,” maybe Orlando City should change a mantra to “Deny Expectations.” …

At a fun-filled and sun-drenched beach reunion of his 1990s Florida Gators football players a few days ago, Steve Spurrier told me: “John Wooden once pronounced that if you’re a good adequate coach, your players will wish to come behind and hang out with we some day.” It got me to thinking: Will Urban Meyer’s Gators wish to hang out with their manager some day? Doubtful. And even if they did, they’d have to get release first. …

Earlier this week, Tampa proprietor Tony Dungy successfully challenged a area’s veteran sports teams — Bucs, Rays and Lightning — to assistance compensate to pierce a Confederate statue from in front of a Hillsborough County courthouse. Good grief, all of this amazement and debate involving Confederate statues could have been avoided if we’d usually listened to Robert E. Lee himself, who was opposite building commemorative Civil War monuments. Wrote Lee after a war: “I consider it wiser not to keep open a sores of fight though to follow a examples of those nations who endeavored to erase a outlines of polite strife, to dedicate to unconcern a feelings engendered.” Or, as a good Motown vocalist Edwin Starr once sang, “War, huh, good God. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, listen to me!” …

You know a national-anthem protests have jumped a shark when Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was pounded by a Twitter host a few days ago for observant he wouldn’t kneel during a Star-Spangled Banner. … The many startling thing about his DUI toxicology news isn’t that Tiger Woods had 5 opposite drugs in his system; it’s that one of them wasn’t Viagra. … When we saw Nebraska coaching fable Tom Osborne speaking during UCF’s Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, my initial suspicion was, “Tommie Frazier usually scored again opposite a Gators.” … Speaking of UCF, did we see a new selling debate touting a Knights as Orlando’s hometown team? I’m all for a thought — as prolonged as we don’t have to compensate a non-student jaunty fee.

LAST WORD: Memo to Bucs GM Jason Licht: Even guys in my anticipation joining know not to breeze a kicker in a second round. That said, I’d like to contend to Roberto Aguayo after removing cut by a Bucs progressing this week, “Shanks for a memories.”

Open Mike

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If coaches, fans and government of a Jacksonville Jaguars were honest, they would tell we Colin Kaepernick is improved than a dual options they now have during quarterback — starter Blake Bortles and backup Chad Henne.

If we take his politics and protests out of a equation and usually judged him formed on his football ability set and experience, Kaepernick is usually a arrange of quarterback a Jaguars need should Bortles continue unwell to improve.


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