Showing tangible signs of improvement by the week, Bortles is now on pace for 4,157 yards and a 32:13 TD-to-INT ratio. In what is shaping up as a breakout season, he leads all NFL quarterbacks with 13 completions over 20 yards.
Bortles told reporters on a conference call this week that his performance has been "night and day" from his rookie struggles.
"I think he looks a little bit more comfortable this year," Watt said, via the Houston Chronicle. "I think he's obviously had a year under his belt. He gets to know his teammates and things like that and gets used to the game. I think he's going to continue to do that. As his career goes on, he's going to get better and better."
With Allen Robinson emerging as a playmaking deep threat, Allen Hurns coming off of back-to-back 100-yard performances and Julius Thomas finally healthy, this is Jacksonville's most effective offense since the 2007 outfit that featured Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor as a lethal backfield combination.
Bortles took six sacks in Tampa and failed to notice a wide open Robinson on an interception thrown to Marcedes Lewis in tight coverage. Considering the Bucs converted the turnover into a touchdown, it can be argued that Bortles' brain cramp -- in addition to other miscues such as Corey Grant's fumble -- cost the Jaguars a chance to win.