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 he was accurate on the majority of his throws.
''I think he came in here with a good plan on what he wanted to work on,’’ Coach Doug Marrone said. ''I think in some of the practices you seen him do some things we weren’t able to do in the past and make some plays from that end. But I thought he came in and he has worked extremely hard, and he knows that we are just touching the surface right now.’’
Although tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Donte Moncrief were both signed as free agents in March, Bortles appeared to develop a comfort level with both during the offseason program.
Bortles repeatedly delivered strikes over the middle to Seferian-Jenkins and repeatedly connected on deep passes to Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole.
''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.''
Veterans off until training camp opens in late July
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.
''Again, 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.
''When you come into a training camp and you are looking at the first day and you are looking at the training camp, the next thing is the season starting. It’s pretty far away. It is kind of like the statement – we all use this – when you first report to training camp, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You just keep your head down and keep working.’’
The veterans are off until July 25 when they are required to report for training camp. Rookies and first-year players will report on July 18 and quarterbacks on July 20. The Jaguars’ 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, a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Marrone didn’t rule out the possibility that one of the nine tryout players that took part in the 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 meet today with management and look 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.” The Jaguars tryout invitees were - cornerback Bryce Canady, a former Paxon High standout who played at Florida International; offensive tackle Zach Banner, Southern Cal; punter Joseph Davidson, Bowling Green; long snapper Andrew East, Vanderbilt; long snapper Trenton Frix, Georgia; offensive tackle Sean Hickey, Syracuse; defensive end Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock; punter Cameron Nizialek, Georgia; and wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech.
Injured players status
Defensive ends Dante Fowler, Dawuane Smoot and defensive tackle Eli Ankou did not participate on Thursday because of undisclosed injuries. Fullback Tommy Bohanon worked on the one of the side fields with a trainer.