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Friday, August 22, 2014
Observation Deck: Jacksonville Jaguars

By Michael DiRocco

DETROIT, Mich.  -- When Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles looked pretty good in the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the caveat was: It was the Bucs' second-team defense and it was pretty vanilla.

When he did it again against the Chicago Bears' second-team defense, it was, "Let's see how he does against the starters."

Now what?

Because after Friday night's performance against the Detroit Lions, in which he played with the first-team offense against the first-team defense, there's nothing left to say. Bortles completed 10 of 16 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars' 13-12 loss to Detroit at Ford Field. As the third overall pick continues to play well he's got to have the Jaguars beginning to rethink their plan of having him sit out the 2014 season.

Bortles wasn't perfect against the Lions. He threw a couple bad passes and had two others that should have been intercepted (one would have been nullified by a penalty), but he led the Jaguars to nine points in four drives and just the team's second red-zone touchdown this preseason.

Here are some other thoughts on the Jaguars' third preseason game of the year: