The pick itself raised some doubts, but one aspect of Blake Bortles is certain: His popularity. Jacksonville held its annual rookie mini-camp last weekend and more people showed up to watch the Central Florida quarterback than had at any previous Jaguars’ mini-camps or training camp.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 19, 2014
Bortles, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the first quarterback taken. The fans in Jacksonville seem to be excited about his future, too.
On Saturday, 6,800 fans registered for mini-camp passes. The previous record total was 4,500.
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley is pretty excited for the future, as well.
“What a credit to (Jaguars owner Shad Khan),” Bradley continued. “We talk about, ‘Connect with the following and try to help them go along this journey with us.’ When we get excited, they get excited. When we have tough times, they do. We’re going to do this thing together, and to be able to see a group of people who are that passionate for good football and to watch passionate players is something.”