Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is drawing plenty of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Jets, who have the 18th selection in the 2014 draft, were one of eight teams to meet with Bortles.
Bortles seemed positive afterwards. “It was a good interview. The Jets are a great organization. I think I could get some good things done there. Obviously I would want coach Ryan to not intentionally have my right shoulder broken with a partially torn labrum by sending me into some meaningless preseason game, but beyond that I think it would be a great opportunity.”
Asked if he could handle the size of the stage playing for a NY team, Bortles seemed to shrug the spotlight off, “I’d welcome it really. I’m no stranger to scrutiny. Again, it went really well so I’m hopeful. They seemed genuinely interested in me and I think they’d give me a great opportunity for me to start, so it could be ideal. Ideally coach Ryan will also not intentionally have my right shoulder broken with a partially torn labrum by sending me into some meaningless preseason game.”
Geno Smith, the current starter in East Rutherford, seemed welcome to the idea of bringing in some depth. “He has a real fire. I’d look forward to the competition. Fortunately coach Ryan has not intentionally had my right shoulder broken with a partially torn labrum by sending me into some meaningless preseason game and certainly that will be Blake’s main challenge as well. But he’s talented and if he can manage to focus, and of course not intentionally have his right shoulder broken with a partially torn labrum by being sent into some meaningless preseason game by coach Ryan, he’ll do well here.”
Head coach Rex Ryan also seemed upbeat about the meeting. “Obviously we like his talent. He’s got a big arm and showed a lot of poise out there. Will I intentionally have his right shoulder broken with a partially torn labrum by sending him into some meaningless preseason game? That’s not the plan, that is absolutely not my goal and I’ll try to avoid doing that.”
Mark Sanchez wasn’t directly available for comment, but he did reach out to Bortles via twitter:
@SanchizeNY: Good luck @BlakeBorltes, hope to see you on the field. #GoBlake #JetsNation #BleedGreen