The Facts: When last year ended, Bortles met with OC Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett, who presented No. 5 with an offseason to-do list. At the top: Contact some of his colleagues. "We wanted him to seek the quarterbacks out who have a similar style of play and guys who were at the top of their games," Olson said. Bortles talked with Arizona's Carson Palmer and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. "I bounced ideas off of them and asked them, 'What would you do differently?'" Bortles said.
Diehards Line:Bortles added: "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. Carson was good. He’s laid back, and he’s an unbelievable quarterback and leader in the NFL. He said similar things. He said, ‘Just continue to build chemistry and rapport with the guys you’re with.’” The Jaguars hope Bortles’ offseason conversations with Palmer and Rodgers plus his continuing relationship with Olson and Hackett equal another leap forward in production. Bortles’ 35 touchdown passes last year were a franchise record and tied for second in the NFL - very good. His 18 interceptions led the league - not very good. Among the goals will be fewer turnovers (23 last year); more first-quarter production (35 points); a higher completion percentage (58.6); and fewer sacks (51).