Blake Bortles, Jaguars not getting caught up in playing Patriots

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2015 - 2:00 am
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[caption id="attachment_97935" align="alignright" width="400"]Blake Bortles and the Jaguars are looking forward to playing the defending champions. (    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Blake Bortles and the Jaguars are looking forward to playing the defending champions. ( Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Last week the Bills couldn't stop talking during the week leading up to Sunday's game with the Patriots. This week the Jaguars are taking the opposite approach, as they are giving the defending Super Bowl champions a lot of respect, while still remaing excited to play them. '€œObviously, it'€™s a great opportunity to be able to play the defending world champions in their place in Foxboro, so that'€™ll be a ton of fun," Bortles said on a conference call Wednesday. "We'€™re excited for that. But we'€™re really going to face it or take this week on like we did the previous two. Not get caught up in who we'€™re playing and where we'€™re playing, but prepare and go through our process just like we did with Miami and Carolina, and then see what happens on Sunday.'€ The Jaguars are 1-1 and coming off a 23-20 win over the Dolphins in Week 2 to give them some momentum going into the Week 3 matchup. '€œIt was good. It was big for us," Bortles said. "We have a special group of guys. [Jaguars Head Coach] Gus [Bradley] and [Jaguars General Manager] Dave Caldwell have done a good job of putting the right pieces in place, and this team expects to be successful every time we step on the field with a good week of preparation and going through our process and everything. But it was good for us to start that way and now move on and look forward to the next opportunity.'€ Earlier in the day Seahawks coach Gus Bradley discussed the difficulties of preparing for the Patriots' offense because you don't know what you're going to get from an approach standpoint. Bortles said the same thing goes for the defense. '€œRight, that'€™s something that'€™s unique about their system," he said. "They want to take what you do well away from you, and you never really have any idea what they'€™re going to throw at you. They can jump in all different kinds of fronts and stuff, and they can switch personnel in and out. They do a really good job of keeping you on your toes. And you have to stay true to your rules as an offense as far as protections and everything, because there are guys that can play all over the place and they can play all different kinds of schemes.'€ Bortles was well aware of the Patriots defense picking up eight sacks last week against Buffalo and said that will be a big focus point for his offensive line and running backs in pass protection. '€œPersonnel, because they move guys around," Bortles said. "They'€™ll move Chandler Jones around, they'€™ll move Jamie Collins and linebackers inside. Guys can switch positions '€“ they can be four down, they can be three down at any time. They can go nickel, they can go dime, they can bring pressure from everywhere. They have everything in their arsenal, so if they want to get and create mismatches with the guys up front, they have the personnel to be able to do that '€“ get five-on-five and let those guys go to work in the pass rush game. That'€™s what they did a really good job of last week, and that'€™s something we have to be ready for.'€ The second-year signal caller has thrown three touchdowns to two interceptions this season. DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.

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