Aaron Rodgers: Jags stowing Bortles on bench has ‘merit’

The No. 3 overall pick is being kept on the bench — and that’s OK, says Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers quarterback told SportsonEarth.com that he supports the Jaguars’ decision to not have Blake Bortles under center in 2014.

“What they are doing has a lot of merit,” Rodgers said. “Some of these guys who are going to bad teams are expected to play well right away. It’s hard to do that. I’ve seen a couple guys able to do it. (Ben) Roethlisberger was able to do it. He had a team kind of around him. (Joe) Flacco had some success early but he had a team kind of in place. You go to a place that has some pieces and you can have some success early. But if you go to a team that doesn’t have the pieces … it can really mess with your confidence.”

Shortly after Bortles was drafted, expectantly as their quarterback of the future, veteran Chad Henne was named Jacksonville’s starting signal-caller.

“To be honest with you, probably 2015,” Jags general manager Dave Caldwell said after being asked when he expected Bortles to start, via ProFootballTalk.com. “We’d like to give Chad this whole year and go with Chad this year.”

Rodgers is all too familiar with toting a clipboard in Year One. A first-round pick, as most know, he spent three seasons backing up Brett Favre before being handed the reigns to Green Bay’s offense.

Now entering his tenth season, indisputably notched as one of the league’s best passers, Rodgers hopes other young quarterbacks avoid a trial by fire.

“You look at a guy like (Jimmy) Garoppolo,” Rodgers said. “He’s in a good spot with the Patriots. If he can wait two, three, four years that will make him more ready to play right away. … When you see other quarterbacks who might have to play quickly like (Teddy) Bridgewater potentially in Minnesota and Johnny (Manziel) in Cleveland, who knows if their teams are ready enough to complement their skills?”

Though Rodgers’ stance is duly noted, no two situations are the same. Bortles, barring an injury, is likely to be planted on the bench, but the odds are high that another rookie QB — ahem, Manziel — starts this year.

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Zack Kelberman
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