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Jaguars mailbag: How is Blake Bortles better than Blaine Gabbert?

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@ESPNdirocco: First off, let me say that I wasn't covering the Jaguars in Blaine Gabbert's second season (2012). I started covering the team in 2013, but I think I can still answer your question because Blake Bortles is already a better player in his second season than Gabbert was in his third.

The biggest difference I see between the two is poise, both in the pocket and when a play breaks down. Gabbert never seemed comfortable to me unless there was a completely clean pocket and he had no chance of getting hit. He didn't operate well in traffic and seemed to have the tendency to get rid of the ball too quickly when pressure was closing in.

Bortles, on the other hand, has no trouble with bodies around him and is willing to step up in the pocket. He's got a good feel for the rush, too, and has a knack for finding a way to get free from the rush, especially if he has to evade one free pass-rusher. He will hold onto the ball too long at times, and that has resulted in some sacks, but he's not making panic throws.

Bortles also likes to gamble and will take shots down the field. That sometimes leads to poor decisions, but you'd rather a quarterback make a mistake out of aggressiveness than fear.