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Old 03-19-2014   #941
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I have been saying since November that the difference that separates Bortles from the rest of the pack is his ability to remain cool, calm and collected in pressure situations and how well he is able to direct 2nd half comebacks and game winning drives. I saw nothing today that would change my opinion. In fact it was a good workout. He did overthrow a few deep balls but Bortles admitted that some of the knocks on him was a few throws on film where he under threw a deep WR. He quickly pointed out to Mayock that he did not under throw any passes today.
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I have been saying since November that the difference that separates Bortles from the rest of the pack is his ability to remain cool, calm and collected in pressure situations and how well he is able to direct 2nd half comebacks and game winning drives. I saw nothing today that would change my opinion. In fact is was a very good workout. He did overthrow a few deep balls but Bortles admitted that some of the knocks on him was a few throws on film where he under threw a deep WR. He quickly pointed out to Mayock that he did not under throw any passes today.
Mayock is giving Kiper Jr a run at biggest BS Draftnik out there. I get better info here than from those two morons.
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I have been saying since November that the difference that separates Bortles from the rest of the pack is his ability to remain cool, calm and collected in pressure situations
Matt Schaub remained calm, cool, collected, and highly Eeyore-ish his entire career ...
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I have been saying since November that the difference that separates Bortles from the rest of the pack is his ability to remain cool, calm and collected in pressure situations and how well he is able to direct 2nd half comebacks and game winning drives. I saw nothing today that would change my opinion. In fact it was a good workout. He did overthrow a few deep balls but Bortles admitted that some of the knocks on him was a few throws on film where he under threw a deep WR. He quickly pointed out to Mayock that he did not under throw any passes today.

That's hardly a difference amongst the 3....we saw all of them do this at 1 point or another in numerous games throughout their careers. Why u keep touting this as something exclusive to Bortles is beyond me.
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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner openly said something to the effect, "great - this means he (Bortles) won't be available for us."

I'm told 3/4's through Blake Bortles workout Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien let it be known "I've seen all I need to see"...

Cleveland Browns met with Blake Bortles/QB/Central Florida this morning but did not stay for pro-day...private workout has been set up..
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If he did in fact say that it might be the single biggest indicator as to which direction we take with the top pick that I have seen this off-season.
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I like his moxie.
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If he did in fact say that it might be the single biggest indicator as to which direction we take with the top pick that I have seen his off-season.
I agree that it's a very interesting quote... but, knowing BO'B, it might be a smokescreen.
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I agree that it's a very interesting quote... but, knowing BO'B, it might be a smokescreen.
Out of any context, it has no meaning either positive or negative...could be either or "I saw the same thing here I saw on tape"
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Out of any context, it has no meaning either positive or negative...could be either or "I saw the same thing here I saw on tape"
My thoughts too. Why would O'Brien hide his cards for this long just to "let it be known" right now that this player is his choice?
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smokescreens are the norm but when you have the very first pick a smokescreen really doesn't make sense. If you want to trade the pick, you tell everyone interested that you want to trade the pick. If you let on that your interest is in a certain player, everyone else says OK and plans accordingly. I mean if you're in love with Clowney, you're not going to trade away the pick to someone who wants Clowney. There is no Tom Foolery because you're not fooling anyone.
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I came away very impressed with Blake Bortles' pro day workout. He possessed that "Wow factor" that I was hoping to see at Teddy Bridgewater's pro day. Didn't he lead a game-winning drive over Louisville last season?
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If he did in fact say that it might be the single biggest indicator as to which direction we take with the top pick that I have seen his off-season.
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smokescreens are the norm but when you have the very first pick a smokescreen really doesn't make sense. If you want to trade the pick, you tell everyone interested that you want to trade the pick. If you let on that your interest is in a certain player, everyone else says OK and plans accordingly. I mean if you're in love with Clowney, you're not going to trade away the pick to someone who wants Clowney. There is no Tom Foolery because you're not fooling anyone.
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If clowney doesn't get picked 1st, I'd be more pleased going with bortles, than Ted. Teds body type just doesn't sit well with me. The guy looks like a track star. Not a NFL quarterback
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Matt Schaub remained calm, cool, collected, and highly Eeyore-ish his entire career ...
With no mobility and an inability to look at anyone other AJ or OD. I'm with Texian on the BB bandwagon.
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Bortles is not a complete NFL-level player yet, but he showed many of the attributes weíve seen on a regular basis from his tape. I saw a lot of what I saw when I wrote up his tape last December, and a few improvements were also evident.
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Bortles tends to plant with a stiff front leg in the pocket, which affects his downfield accuracy (Josh Freeman has this issue as well). And in a general sense, heís far more comfortable planting and throwing off his outside foot to either the left or right in motion than he is when setting in the pocket. This is, to a certain degree, a product of the system he was in, but itís worth noting that Vince Young and Jake Locker each has this issue, and neither one of them really overcame it.

Bortles may be a better motion thrower than a pocket thrower throughout his NFL career, and if so, that would limit his professional development. Because at a certain point, you have to stand in the pocket and make a bang-on throw with bodies around you.

Overall, thereís been a lot of talk about Bortlesí velocity ó that a guy who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 230 pounds should be able to rip it downfield at any time. He clearly has the physical tools to do so, but mechanics still get in the way at times.

Bortles tends to push the ball when he throws to the right at short and intermediate levels.

Of the several throws he made the distance of half a field toward the end of his workout, he overthrew more than he should have ó a function of his mechanics getting out of line with his intent to make deep, accurate throws... A couple times, he over-dropped and overthrew, letting his body mechanics go out of whack. But when he has a flexible front foot and throws through his body, heís going to make any throw an NFL team could want. No problem there.
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In a general sense, I really liked what Bortles did on the run, especially when he was throwing from a simulated shotgun base. While he has a decently quick delivery, there are times when it takes an extra millisecond to get everything in line, but this issues is minimized when heís on the run. Any team playing heavy shotgun to motion, or play-action/boot-action under center, would find him a perfect fit over time. He has a consistent over-the-top throwing motion.
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You want to see quarterbacks throw from the legs up ó like pitchers, thatís where they derive their natural velocity so that they donít have to over-extend. When Bortles does that, his velocity and accuracy line up, and you see why some consider him to be the best quarterback prospect in this draft class. But there are times when heíll throw off his back foot or with both feet on the turf or with his upper body, and you see he still needs work on certain things. And this, as much as anything, is why some in the league will tell you he needs another year of development before heís ready for the rigors of the NFL.

At times, Bortles overthrew on intermediate routes, and his targets would have to reach up for them. At other times, he slightly underthrew the finesse passes, and his targets would have to reach back for the ball. Neither one of these issues is acceptable on a consistent basis in the NFL, where tight coverage windows and hyper-aggressive defenders are the order of the day.

Finally, when Palmer ran around with Bortles to simulate pass rush, Bortlesí mechanics got a little floppier ó he seemed to need an extra split second to line everything up.

Overall, I thought Bortles did well enough in this environment. Unlike Bridgewater, he didnít look worse in a controlled environment than he does on tape...
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