JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have at least one outside supporter of their decision to not play rookie quarterback Blake Bortles this season: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers went through the same thing, playing in only seven games in his first three seasons after the Packers took him with the 24th overall selection in the 2005 NFL draft. Playing early makes sense for a rookie quarterback if the team has talent around him, Rodgers said.
"What they are doing has a lot of merit," Rodgers told SportsonEarth.com's Dan Pompei. "Some of these guys who are going to bad teams are expected to play well right away. It's hard to do that. I've seen a couple guys able to do it. [Ben] Roethlisberger was able to do it. He had a team kind of around him. [Joe] Flacco had some success early, but he had a team kind of in place. You go to a place that has some pieces and you can have some success early. But if you go to a team that doesn't have the pieces ... it can really mess with your confidence."
In Rodgers' case, the Packers also had Brett Favre as their starting quarterback. Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008 and has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in four of the six seasons since becoming the starter.
Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:
The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon writes that former Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri has signed a free-agent contract with Dallas.
The T-U's Bill Bortzfield writes that the video boards in the south end zone at EverBank Field are almost complete.
Former Jaguars running back Justin Forsett writes about marriage in his guest column for The Sporting News.
Yahoo! Sports fantasy writer Andy Behrens breaks down the Jaguars' fantasy options for 2014.