Blake Bortles may be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback in 2017. Or, maybe not.

Bortles didn’t exactly get a ringing endorsement as Tom Coughlin, the executive vice president of football operations, wouldn’t say whether the Jaguars remain committed to the player they drafted third overall in 2014.

However, he didn’t say the Jaguars were ready to move on from Bortles, either.

All Coughlin would say was that Bortles needs to cut down on turnovers. He has an NFL-high 63, including 51 interceptions, since he entered the league.

“There’s plenty of work for everybody to do, Blake included,” Coughlin said during a Friday news conference before the NFL scouting combine. “To raise the game to a higher level, it takes all components, though. … And that’s why I mentioned the protection, first of all. [It also entails] people being in the right place at the right time, the timing, taking care of the football, which is paramount to that position.

“There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent, so I think he’d be the first one to say that he has a lot of work to do. But we all have a lot of work to do, so I’m going to put it that way.”
Blake Bortles had 23 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions last season, which increased his number of turnovers to an NFL-high 63 since he entered the league in 2014. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Bortles had what appeared to be a breakout season in 2015, setting franchise records for passing yards (4,428) and touchdowns (35). He regressed in 2016, with 23 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions, including three that were returned for touchdowns.

That gave him 11 pick-sixes in his career, which is also his number of victories as a starter.

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