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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: Rankings are flattering but irrelevant

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Players across the NFL thought highly enough of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to rank him 56th in the NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2016.

Three other Jaguars have already appeared in the rankings -- receiver Allen Hurns (89th), linebacker Telvin Smith (83rd) and running back Chris Ivory (78th) -- and there is certainly going to be at least one more (receiver Allen Robinson).

Bortles said it’s flattering -- and meaningless, because those rankings won’t help the Jaguars cut down on turnovers, perform better in the red zone, rush the passer or win games.

"I think it’s pretty cool to have multiple guys from our team looked at like that from our peers and teammates, but I know myself, as well as the rest of the guys that were on that list, [couldn't] care less," Bortles said after Thursday’s organized team activity. "We’d rather worry about what we’re doing and what we’re going to do as a team and that stuff.

"I think it’s cool. I think it’s an honor, definitely, but I think it’s pretty irrelevant."

Maybe so, but it is an indication that players around the league think the Jaguars’ roster is significantly more talented than it has been in a while. NFL Network began the rankings in 2011 and the Jaguars have not had more than two players ranked in a single year until this year. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (12th) and defensive end Jason Babin (44th) made the rankings in 2012 and tight end Julius Thomas (45th) and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (76th) were on the list in 2015.