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Blake Bortles says no one ‘you’d rather be around’ as a quarterback than Rams’ Sean McVay

Blake Bortles, Sean McVay, Rams

Blake Bortles will never live up to the expectations expected from a top-five pick. Five years removed from the Jacksonville Jaguars choosing him third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, that much has never been clearer.

Starting his career anew as a backup with the Los Angeles Rams, though, Bortles seems confident he picked the right team to sign with in free agency – and Sean McVay is the biggest reason why.

“I mean, I think as a quarterback, there’s not really anybody else you’d rather be around if you had your pick,” he said of McVay, per Rams.com. “What he’s done, the people that have been taken out of here for head coaching jobs, and OC jobs in other places I think is a testament to how good he is at what he does, how good of a teacher and a coach he is. And you watch them play, and the effort and intensity that they play at speaks to the type of head coach he is and how he gets the guys going.”

Bortles signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles on Monday. He was released by Jacksonville on March 13, just before the team confirmed months of rumors by agreeing with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year, $88 million deal.

Bortles threw for 2,718 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 60.3 percent of his passes last season as the Jaguars failed to build on a 2017 season that saw them come within one win of the Super Bowl.

McVay, the 2017 Coach of the Year, led the Rams to the Super Bowl last season, and has been integral to the growth of franchise signal-caller Jared Goff, who many believed was a bust after the former number one overall pick’s rookie campaign.