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Blake Bortles sees growth in chemistry with his receivers


The Jaguars continue to be one of the teams to watch in 2016, in part because they have a high-end passing game that few noticed in 2015. Guys like quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are heading into their third NFL seasons, and things continue to look up for the offense, and for the rest of the team.

“All of the receivers have been in our locker room at some point this offseason,” Bortles said Monday, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union. “It’s been cool to see them work together and talk through some stuff as well. The chemistry is continuing to grow, not only on the field, but off the field as well -- in the weight room and in the locker room. That builds trust. It’s a special room of receivers that are all super talented.”

Bortles hoped to add to the chemistry by being present and available.

“I tried to stay here a little bit more,” Bortles said. “Most of the guys are here, which is good so we can go over stuff together.”

It’s the kind of thing that will make a difference. And Bortles’ boss has noticed.

“I truly believe, from the conversations I’ve had, that Blake has had his best offseason,” coach Gus Bradley said Monday. “That’s all you can hope for. He’s always been that way. When we looked at the quarterbacks and drafted Blake that was his mentality. That’s what I loved about him. He’s always looking to become a better player and better leader. He does whatever it takes to help take this team where it needs to go.”

The team seems to be going in the right direction, with a strong nucleus of young talent complemented by a free-agency haul that could propel the Jaguars toward the top of the division and, possibly, the conference.