Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles needed a break.

To start 2014, he led Central Florida to a Fiesta Bowl triumph, and then faced the ultimate four-month saga known as the NFL Draft Process.

The process ended when the Jaguars took Bortles with the third-overall pick on May 8, but he was quickly in Jacksonville getting ready for a two-day rookie minicamp.

Bortles finally got some rest last week.

"I relaxed and got some down time," Bortles said. "I took a break. There's so much I've got to learn. It's hard, because when you're not doing anything you're losing time. But, you have to. You have to turn your brain off, get away from it and do some other stuff."

That break ended Tuesday when the Jaguars participated in their first day of OTAs (organized team activities), conducting a two-hour practice.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bortles worked out with the veterans for the first time, throwing passes next to veteran starter Chad Henne.

Henne worked with the ones, while Bortles got the majority of his work with the second unit.