NFL Preseason Preview - Jacksonville (1-1) at Detroit (1-1)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Blake Bortles will continue his push for Jacksonville's starting quarterback spot when the Jaguars visit the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of preseason action.
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley had planned to take things slowly with Bortles, the third overall pick in May's draft, by using veteran Chad Henne as a bridge until the Central Florida product is ready. And that still seems like the plan but Bortles has played so well in the preseason that he is pushing to play sooner rather than later.
The Jags fell in Chicago last week, 20-19, due to two late touchdowns by the Bears but Bortles excelled when he was in the game, finishing up 11-of-17 for 160 yards.
Henne started under center and Jacksonville got field goals of 49 and 25 yards from Josh Scobee, while a fumble recovery on a kickoff led to the 6-yard scoring catch by Marqise Lee for a 13-0 lead after one quarter.
Henne finished the game 12-for-17 for 130 yards, while Bortles came in led the Jags to a 43-yard Scobee field goal on his first drive to give the team a 16-7 lead at the break.
By Monday Bortles got a handful of reps with the first-team offense in practice and he is scheduled to get some work with the starters in Detroit.
"As I was sitting back there I thought it was really good for (Blake) to go against the ones like that to get a feel for the speed, to get a feel for the rush," Bradley said. "Sitting back there and watching it, I just felt like that was good for him."
The Lions are also coming off a late-game setback last week in Oakland when Matt McGloin's 19-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler with six seconds left lifted the Raiders to a 27-26 win.
Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit. George Winn added a touchdown on the ground and Golden Tate caught three passes for 41 yards and a score.
The Lions and Jaguars will be squaring off for only the second time in preseason action with the lone previous meeting taking place in 1995 when Detroit defeated Jacksonville 19-3 at the Pontiac Silverdome.
"As you all well know, the third week of the preseason, typically most teams will treat it as if they're preparing for a game in the regular season," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "You won't be able to do everything, because some of the rules dictate otherwise, but you can get as close as you possibly can. It is extremely important, because of the fact."
08/20 11:07:06 ET