NFL Preseason Week 3 Results: Blake Bortles Continues Hot Streak At Detroit

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 | 0


After looking poised and accurate in his first two preseason appearances, Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles had a lot of pressure on his shoulders heading into tonight’s (August 22, 2014) Week 3 preseason game against the Detroit Lions in the Motor City.

Jacksonville repeatedly stated they would allow Bortles time to learn under the tutelage of veteran quarterback Chad Henne, Bortles earned many reps with the first-team offense by going 18 of 28 in his inaugural NFL appearances.

With a strong performance in Detroit, Bortles would create a tough decision for his team, perhaps going as far as to overtake Henne as the lead man for the job.

And the rookie from Central Florida didn’t disappoint, throwing his first pro touchdown to give the Jags the lead in the third quarter. Bortles finished the night an impressive 10 of 16 for 158 yards and a score, earning a lofty quarterback rating of 116.1.

Here’s a video of an insane across-the-field throw Bortles made prior to throwing the touchdown:

Many of Bortles’ throws were nearly flawless, adding on to the further justification that he was clearly worth the No. 3 pick in May’s 2014 NFL Draft. With numbers piling up for the prized rookie, how much longer will it be before Bortles is named the Jacksonville starter?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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