Bortles Suffered From “Dead Arm” at End of ’14


The easygoing personality is still there. So are all four of Blake Bortles’ limbs, including his throwing arm, which is usually a good sign.For all the focus on fixing the deteriorating mechanics that plagued the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, who threw 17 interceptions and took 55 sacks in his trying rookie season, the shoulder problems that increasingly threw things out of whack down the stretch in 2014 shouldn’t be overlooked.But the way Bortles came through it all mentally seems to have only strengthened the team’s resolve that their surprise decision to draft him third overall was the right one.”People don’t realize that as you look later in the season, he was on injury report,” general manager Dave Caldwell told USA TODAY Sports after the team wrapped up its offseason program last month.”You’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do to survive. It wasn’t anything that was ingrained in him (mechanically). He knew he was doing it. But in order to drive the ball 15 yards, there were some things that he needed to do to get the velocity on the ball.

Source: Tom Pelissero of USA Today

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