The Jaguars announced on Thursday lower-level single-game tickets are sold out for the regular-season home opener against the New England Patriots on Sept. 16 and their Sunday night game on Nov. 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Single-game tickets remain available for all other home games, but are selling quickly, according to the Jaguars.

In a meeting with the Times-Union editorial board last week, Jaguars president Mark Lamping said the franchise had sold more than 10,000 new season-ticket holders and more than 90 percent of season ticket-holders have renewed for the upcoming season. The Jaguars announced on Thursday they lead the NFL in new season-ticket sales. 

Last season, the Jaguars won their first divisional title in 18 years but lost to New England in the AFC Championship game.

"Market demand for Jaguars season tickets has exceeded even our expectations," Lamping said in a statement. “The momentum from a deep postseason run, combined with an outstanding slate of home opponents, has presented us with an opportunity to create a true home-field advantage for our team and continue this franchise’s progress toward financial stability.”

Less than 1,000 seats remain in the US Assure Club and lower bowl, which are now reserved for season ticket packages only.

Earlier this year, the Jaguars removed the advertising tarps on the corners of the west side of the stadium that will enable the franchise to sell an additional 3,500 tickets that would not have been available otherwise.

The Jaguars averaged 64,303 for eight home games last season, which ranked 21st in the 32-team league.

"One of the things is you want to create a home advantage for yourself and one of the reasons why we weren’t able to do that (in 2016) is because we didn’t win a lot of football games," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. "We appreciated the fans that were here. We’re responsible for putting a winning product out there that you want the fans to feel proud of."

Bortles heads west

Quarterback Blake Bortles is returning to California to work with personal coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux later this month.

Unlike a year ago, he is not going in desperation to work on improving his mechanics and throwing motion.

Throughout the Jaguars’ organized team activity workouts and minicamp, Bortles looked to be in command of the offense and was accurate on most of his throws.

"There’s still a long way to go and a lot of stuff to learn," Bortles said. "I'll be in California for three weeks and then come back for camp. I feel good and being another year in the system helps out a ton. Just being with the same guys has been good and continuing to get these reps in has been a big help."

A month off

The Jaguars offseason program ended with Thursday’s final minicamp practice. Marrone shortened the practice by about 20 minutes and was pleased with the work they got in during three-day mandatory camp.

The practices, like the organized team activity workouts, were non-padded.

I don’t want to try and get ahead of myself,’’ Marrone said. "I thought that we got a lot accomplished and ran a lot of plays. We had more progress in these two days then maybe in times before being able to do more things and get into more situations just because I think the players have done a good job of becoming aware of that."

The veterans are off until July 25 when they report for training camp. Rookies and first-year players report on July 18 and quarterbacks on July 20. Training camp opens on July 26.

"I’m going to continue working out to stay in shape and make sure I don’t draft too far away where I’m supposed to be," said rookie defensive tackle Taven Bryan, the team's first-round selection.

Tryout players

Marrone didn’t rule out the possibility that one or more of the nine tryout players that took part in minicamp could be invited to training camp.

"We are going to have a meeting today (Thursday)," Marrone said. "We had a meeting last night. We are going to see if we feel any of those players will be able to help our team with the 90-(man roster). We will watch the film, and we will discuss what the best 90 players are going into camp."

Among the tryout invitees was cornerback Bryce Canady, a former Paxon High standout who played at Florida International; and a pair of Georgia special teams players, long snapper Trenton Frix and punter Cameron Nizialek.