Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has been hard at work during the offseason to rebound from what was a disappointing 2016 season.
Bortles had an encouraging sophomore season in the National Football League, throwing for a franchise-record 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
"I really enjoyed the time I spent out there, I think it's really been beneficial", Bortles said, via First Coast News. "I feel really good as far as where I'm at mechanically and how the ball is coming out".
Sloppy mechanics led to Bortles being inconsistent at best with this throwing motion last season. "We want to never let the wrist below the elbow and try and keep that parallel and not drop it down". So that was probably the main focus and then just a couple tweaks here and there in different things.
While out west, Bortles got a chance to throw and catch with Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee.
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both a year removed from registering 1,000-yard receiving seasons, so the pieces are there for Bortles to have a bounce-back season in his fourth year. As of three weeks ago, the Jaguars were undecided.
The Jaguars have until May 3 to decide if they will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, which would carry a 2018 salary north of $20 million. Some may call this a make or break season for Bortles, but he's not anxious about things outside of his control.
"I'm confident with what I've done this offseason and that I'll be able to come help this team be as good as we possibly can be". Everything involving the contract, that's up to them. "I look forward to playing football".