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Bortles solid in preseason debut for Jaguars
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass as he is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
August 8, 2014, 10:59 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday night.

The third overall pick in this year's draft completed 7 of 11 passes, including a 31-yarder down the middle of the field to Mike Brown to set up a 26-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead late in the third quarter.

Denard Robinson's 23-yard TD run snapped a 10-10 tie with 6:27 remaining in the game. Jacksonville also scored on Winston Guy Jr.'s 68-yard interception return in the first quarter.

Tampa Bay's first-team offense sputtered in its debut under coach Lovie Smith.

In addition to throwing the interception that was returned for a score, Josh McCown was sacked twice and lost a fumble.

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