Along with other third-year quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles is looking to successfully transition from a promising, young passer to an established, elite quarterback this season. So, in preparation for the coming season, Bortles reached out to quarterbacks who made the leap years ago.
Apparently, the Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the Cardinals' Carson Palmer have similar styles, because that's who Bortles spoke with. As Bortles explained, Rodgers told him to stop going for the impossible 21-point touchdown.
"I bounced ideas off of them and asked them, 'What would you do differently?'" Bortles said. "Aaron was awesome. One of the things he said was, 'Don't try and score 21 points every time you have the ball.' That's what I've had to learn."
Meanwhile, Palmer told him to get to know his teammates better.
"Carson was good. He's laid back, and he's an unbelievable quarterback and leader in the NFL," Bortles said. "He said similar things. He said, 'Just continue to build chemistry and rapport with the guys you're with.'"
Last year, Bortles finished seventh in the league with 4,428 passing yards and tied for second with 35 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he only completed 58.6 percent of his passes (31st in the NFL) and tossed a league-high 18 interceptions. So, Rodgers' advice certainly makes sense, as Bortles appeared to struggle with his decision making.
Like Cousins, Bortles enters the 2016 season with real expectations. Just last week, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said, per USA Today, "This is the first offseason where I think we're all excited going into the season of, hey, we've got a chance now."