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Jacksonville’s final drive stopped and Jags fall to Kansas City

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The Jacksonville Jags were close to pulling a game out Sunday. In the end, they weren’t close enough. The Jags drove to the Kansas City 30 with 2:15 to play Sunday afternoon, but the drive ended there. On second-and-one, Blake Bortles threw an incomplete pass. On third-and-one, T.J. Yeldon was thrown for a two-yard loss. And on fourth-and-one, Bortles threw another incompletion. After that, Kansas City ran the clock out on a 19-14 victory. The Jags, playing their first game…

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Quarterback Week: Former UCF star Blake Bortles leads the way for small colleges

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They pass in other places, too. Florida is a quarterback’s state, what with eight Heisman Trophy winners leading championship teams. But all of the quarterbacks have not just been at Florida, FSU and Miami. There have been quality quarterbacks at the other state schools, too. For instance, you have had two No. 1 draft choices. You have had other NFL players. Quarterbacks have led the way for UCF, for USF, for FAU and for FIU. Here then, in Quarterback Week…

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Bucs hold of Jags to finally add another victory at Raymond James

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Nelson Mandela had just died. There were storms on the East Coast. Jay-Z had led the Grammy nominations. And the Tampa Bay Bucs won a home game. Whee! It was long ago, back when TV was in black-and-white. At least, it seems that way since Dec. 8 of 2013. Greg Schiano was the head coach. Mike Glennon was the quarterback. And the Bucs improved all the way up to 4-9. The Bucs beat Buffalo that day, and then fell into…

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If anyone can feel for Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, it’s the Jags’ Blake Bortles

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If there is someone in this state who knows what the young quarterback from this side of the state is going through, it’s the young quarterback from that side of the state. Like the Bucs’ Jameis Winston, the Jags’ Blake Bortles was a draft pick (third overall).< Like Winston, he went to a pro team in Florida (Jacksonville). Like Winston, he played at a college team in Florida (UCF). Like Winston, he threw seven interceptions in his first four games. Now,…

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Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles compares fans to kindergartners

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Blake Bortles hasn’t won much as an NFL player. He isn’t likely to win this one, either. Bortles reacted to fans’ questioning the play-calling of the Jags by dismissing the criticism. “It’s like a kindergartner saying something to a college kid,” Bortles said. In a way, Bortles has a point. Coaches spend all week developing a game plan, and quarterbacks study their entire lives to make it to the NFL. But Bortles can’t win in what is sure to be…

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Jags’ Blake Bortles already thinking about a big payday

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Blake Bortles has won three games. Oh, he may be a star. He may make fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars forget about Blaine Gabbert and Byron Leftwich. He may lead his team to a turnaround. But so far, Bortles is coming off a rookie season in which he threw 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, in which he has a 69.5 rating and in which he hit only 58.9 percent of his passes. Ah, just in time to talk about a…

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Yahoo! The Jaguars, Bills are going to start Internet football

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Good news, everybody. Blake Bortles is on the Internet! Download him today! And he’s facing E.J. Manuel in a battle for bandwidth and the pride of England. Yahoo! This is a good thing, I think. The NFL and Yahoo have announced a partnership that will bring a football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars (tally-ho) and Buffalo Bills (carry on) to the Internet. That means that if you happen to be weary of playing Candy Crush for a morning, there will…

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