The Jaguars and Patriots are holding joint practices in New England and they haven’t gone too well for Blake Bortles. According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars quarterback finished practice Tuesday with just five completions on 17 attempts.
For the record, both Jacksonville, Fla. and Foxborough, Mass. are cities right next to the Atlantic Ocean and squarely in the Eastern time zone. So Bortles definitely didn’t have to adjust his clock after arriving in Massachusetts.
But the odd question does have a little bit of a back story. Tom Coughlin is an executive with the Jaguars now and that means the team runs on a tight schedule now.
The former Jaguars and Giants coach is famous for turning clocks back and demanding players show up early. Even though Bortles is still in the Eastern Time Zone, practicing in New England means the schedule is a little different.
To Bortles’ credit, he caught on quick and gave a pretty clever response to the question.
Blake Bortles was asked if he has "adjusted to the time clock change" in New England.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 8, 2017
“Yeah, it’s kind of weird here in New England,” Bortles said. “Nobody really knows what time zone we’re in around here, so everybody just shows up pretty early.”
Bortles may have struggled in practice, but hats off to him for the quick-witted response.