Blake Bortles says he must 'have the mindset' to start for Jaguars

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

The Jaguars have no intentions of giving the starting quarterback job to Blake Bortles in his first season, but the rookie says that he must be ready to start if the opportunity arises. 

"I think you have to have the mindset that you have to go out and compete every day," Bortles said via "You want to be the guy. In my situation, whenever my number is called I want to be ready to go and execute the offense just like Chad would. That's my goal, to make sure I'm prepared and ready and continuing to get better."

Jacksonville plans to let Bortles sit behind veteran Chad Henne while he learns the Jaguars' system and the demands of being an NFL quarterback.

Bortles was selected third overall in this year's NFL Draft after leading UCF to a 12-1 record. He threw for 3,581 yards, with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

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Henne started 13 of Jacksonville's games last season, after taking over for Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars were 4-12 in 2013, and traded Gabbert to San Francisco prior to the Draft. 

—Dan Gartland

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