- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Blake Bortles insists he’s content to be a backup.

He might be starting soon enough if he keeps playing like this.

Bortles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for Jacksonville on Friday night, and although the Jaguars lost 13-12 to the Detroit Lions, their rookie quarterback was a bright spot in an otherwise sloppy game.

“Blake, he made a couple of mental errors in checks. But there was one where he checked us into something that we weren’t anticipating and he made a big play off of it,” coach Gus Bradley said. “I like that he takes risks. I like that he’s aggressive. He’ll attack the situation when he’s in it and it’s not too big for him. So all those things are really good signs.”

Bradley said Chad Henne is still the team’s starter. Henne went 9 of 14 for 70 yards.

“This has been a perfect situation for me, because it has been a stress-free learning experience,” Bortles said. “I knew on Day One that Chad was going to be the starter, and I’ve been able to just focus on learning from him. When he’s on the field, I’m his biggest fan, because I want to see things going right and learn how it works in the NFL.”

Bortles completed 10 of 16 passes, including a 13-yard touchdown to Allen Hurns.

The teams combined for 27 penalties.

Jaguars defensive tackle David Carter left in the fourth quarter with a sprained MCL, and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks is expected to have an MRI on a shoulder injury. Free safety Winston Guy Jr. hurt his left ankle, but tests came back negative.

Detroit’s Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Calvin Johnson played for the first time this preseason, catching two passes for 27 yards, but Matthew Stafford was intercepted once and the Lions struggled in the red zone.

Detroit was stopped on fourth down inside the Jacksonville 5-yard line in the first half, and Mikel Leshoure lost a fumble deep in Jaguars territory in the fourth quarter. Ryan Broyles had a fumble at the Jacksonville 1 overturned on replay.

George Winn scored from there to give Detroit a 13-12 lead with 7:12 remaining.

Even when Detroit’s top players were in, the Lions struggled at times. Stafford nearly had two passes intercepted on the first drive, and after Bush scored on his long run later in the quarter, Stafford was intercepted by defensive end Andre Branch on the first play of Detroit’s third possession.

“That kid needs to play some tight end,” Stafford said. “It was a good play by him. I obviously would love to have that one back.”

Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee kicked a 38-yard first-quarter field goal but was replaced by Kasey Redfern because of a quadriceps injury. Redfern made a 34-yarder in the second quarter but had a 45-yard attempt blocked in the third.

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