Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles' arm back to normal
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has made a sound recovery from a sore arm that limited him during his rookie season.
Bortles dealt with mechanical issues and shoulder problems last season.
"People don't realize that as you look later in the season, he was on injury report," general manager Dave Caldwell told USA Today. "You've just got to do what you've got to do to survive. It wasn't anything that was ingrained in him (mechanically). He knew he was doing it. But in order to drive the ball 15 yards, there were some things that he needed to do to get the velocity on the ball."
Bortles didn't need surgery, but Caldwell called it a "dead arm" that had inflammation. He threw 17 interceptions.
The outlook is encouraging.
"We know, come game day, he can do the stuff — the off-schedule things, the out-of-the-pocket stuff — that's part of the reason we drafted him," Caldwell said. "But now that this is looking the way it's supposed to, it's encouraging.
"A lot of it was good until some of those (injuries) happen. Now he's gotten healthy, and he's gotten back to really taking care of his body. I just asked him today, 'How's your body feel compared to this time last year? He said it's night and day, man."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.