Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Rookie QB Bortles Is Improving but Still Dealing with Growing Pains; the Offseason May Be the Perfect Opportunity for Him to Learn by Being ... SURROUNDED BY SUCCESS

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Rookie QB Bortles Is Improving but Still Dealing with Growing Pains; the Offseason May Be the Perfect Opportunity for Him to Learn by Being ... SURROUNDED BY SUCCESS

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch can't wait to see who in the quarterback fraternity Blake Bortles contacts this offseason in an effort to gain needed knowledge about playing the position.

"Is he going to reach out to Matt Ryan? Russell Wilson? Matt Hasselbeck? Is he going to find out what Drew Brees' routine is? What Aaron Rodgers' routine is?" Fisch said before practice Wednesday. "Blake is going to make his own routine but with [those talks], he can get help and guidance."

But first up for Bortles is whether the last seven-plus games have provided him with enough know-how to lead the Jaguars to some wins over the season's final six games.

It was only two months ago Bortles replaced Chad Henne in the Jaguars' loss to Indianapolis.

"It feels like forever ago," Bortles said.

Since then, he has started seven games (1-6) and has eight touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 72.7 passer rating.

There have been highs like engaging in a first-half shootout with San Diego's Philip Rivers in Week 4 and throwing for 336 yards at Tennessee in Week 6, and lows like four interceptions returned for touchdowns, including a back-breaker in the Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh.

All of it - the good, bad and cover-your-eyes - was reviewed by Fisch, Bortles and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo last week before No. 5 returned home to the Orlando area for a four-day weekend.

Their goal: Create a foundation that will result in fewer turnovers, more points and more wins.

"These final six weeks are really a great opportunity for Blake to really say, aeHow do I step up my preparation, how do I step up my practice habits and how do I step up my communication?' " Fisch said.

The picture is clear for Bortles: "Try to limit mistakes."

Bortles has reduced his interceptions - he had two or more in five of his first six games, but only one apiece against Cincinnati and Dallas.

"That's a positive for sure," Fisch said. "We're really focused on living for another down. …

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