QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
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General News (Wed Jan 17): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Jan 16): has averaged just 193 passing yards in away games this season while throwing six touchdowns and eight interceptions in those contests.
Week 20: at New England Patriots
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Jaguars still probably lack a quarterback in their quest to rebuild entirely. But Blake Bortles has looked downright effective of late when tasked with little decision-making and lots of handing off. Between his ability to run an effective play-action and rely on his mobility when needed, Bortles is showing the ability to preside over a safe, sanitized passing game that can protect the ball and occasionally extend drives. And to excel this Sunday, Bortles will almost certainly need game flow and the Jacksonville rushing attack to click in ideal fashion - it's still hard to project him to a dynamic passing game on his own merits, The big issues we run into remain in Bortles' downfield game: he's simply not an accurate deep thrower, and he'll likely always struggle to place those passes. As a result, his overall upside (and those of his receivers) is generally capped at the dumpoff and intermediate levels, and his late-season string of 300-yard performances doesn't seem especially repeatable under normal circumstances. It would be unfair to discount his recent success entirely, especially against a very beatable Patriots defense. But it's similarly disingenuous to merely praise his work from within a tightly-controlled offensive box and throw away his very real struggles outside of it. Remember, he's only 2 weeks removed from a comically bad 12-of-23, 87-yard showing on Wild Card Weekend. His floor remains exceptionally low for a Championship Game quarterback, and his ceiling, even in this matchup, isn't exactly sky-high. His cast of playmakers has improved midstream, though, which of course always helps things. Marqise Lee has largely broken out this year (65+ yards in 7 of 15 full games) and has had another week to rest his troublesome ankle, while rookies Keelan Cole (62.2 per game since Week 7) and Dede Westbrook (43.9 since Week 11) have flashed real ability on veteran-sized workloads. Simply put, this is a unit that lacks both a consistent pass rush and consistent coverage skills. That's a death knell for most defenses, but none of the others are presided over by Bill Belichick. The Hall of Fame coach is almost always able to make lemonade by maximizing his defenses' strengths, and while it was a challenge with 2017's talent-starved group, this pass defense improved mightily over the course of the year. In fact, they've allowed the league's 7th-fewest passing touchdowns and 4th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks since Week 7. Still, those numbers have been largely inflated by matchups with some of the league's weaker quarterbacks. There are still mismatches all over this unit, there to be taken advantage of by the right passing attack. The pass rush has come around of late, and last weekend's eight sacks of Marcus Mariota were definitely impressive. But most of this rush is manufactured; there's little natural dynamism off the edges or up the gut, and the Patriots can absolutely be had by quick-hitting pass games. And their cornerback duo, touted loudly entering the season, has mostly underwhelmed throughout the year. Stephon Gilmore has looked like just another guy at times, while Malcolm Butler has bounced in and out of the lineup - and was thrashed for two touchdowns by Titans rookie Corey Davis last week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 19 vs PIT (14 / 26 / 214 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 35 / 0 rush)
Bortles did not have an efficient day by any means, but it did not matter. He was worlds better than he was last week against the Bills, and for all the downs he had vs the Steelers, he came through big for the team when they needed him. He was a perfect 3/3 on the opening drive, perfecting play-action and distributing the ball to his tight-ends for their only catches. Throughout the game he struggled to hit vertical passes off of play action, but the heavy dosage of it proved effective anyways on Bortles' biggest pass of the game, a deep shot down the seam to Keelan Cole for a 45-yard gain. Bortles put the ball in the perfect spot and did it while under pressure and after missing several throws of similar nature earlier in the game. Bortles also was effective on third down, frequently utilizing his running back's positions in space. Bortles was late on a couple of throws across the middle of the field but on one of the games most crucial plays, he found Marqise Lee on a third-down slant. Bortles day was up and down, littered with good and bad decisions, but he was a big part of the victory.
2017 Week 18 vs BUF (12 / 23 / 87 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 88 / 0 rush)
Bortles played a terrible game when it game to passing the ball. He looked scared in the pocket, sailed passes, and was generally inaccurate and ineffective. He didn't attempt any passes downfield and threw several near interceptions. With that said, he threw the games only touchdown, a perfect bullet pass off play-action into the back of the end zone. His running ability was also the only reason the Jaguars were able to move the ball all game. He showed good awareness for when to pull the ball down and run as well as toughness. The team started using more zone-read plays in the second half which should be a staple going forward.
2017 Week 17 vs TEN (15 / 34 / 158 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Bortles turned back into a pumpkin just in time for the playoffs. He was objectively terrible in Nashville; his biggest issue being his complete inability to deliver passes under pressure. He played without his left tackle Cam Robinson, but he looked frantic throughout the game. He rarely set his feet and as a result, the majority of his passes sailed. His wild inaccuracy was the direct cause for both of his interceptions, both deep shots down the field where he sailed the pass. He did fine getting the ball out on crossers and slants, but that was truly the extent of positive things that could be said for him. His best throw in the game came on a go route to Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had a step on the wideout, and Bortles placed it perfectly in front of him in stride. Alas, the should-be touchdown was dropped.
2017 Week 16 vs SF (32 / 50 / 382 / 2 / 3 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
Bortles had his moments; He threw several terrific deep passes to Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. He helped the team comeback from two 15+ point deficits, and he once again was perfect in the red zone. He showed good velocity and eye level once again, as well as decision making. His accuracy fell off a cliff on several instances, though. He threw three interceptions, one due to miscommunication and two due to poor accuracy. The first interception turned into a pick-six, Bortles first of the entire season. Keelan Cole stopped running his route, indicating a miscommunication between the two. The second interception was a great play the corner, as Bortles tried to loft the ball over a corner sitting in a zone. The ball needed just a bit more on it, and he paid for it. The third interception came on a pass that Bortles threw woefully behind his wideout and right into the hands of the cornerback. Bortles did throw for two touchdowns, both in the redzone. The second came after a pass deflected on Leonard Fournette's hands and into Jaelen Strong's instead.
2017 Week 15 vs HOU (21 / 29 / 326 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bortles, for the third week in a row, had one of the best games of his career. He was able to frequently escape pressure, either by rolling outside the pocket or by stepping up in the pocket, and had several downfield touch passes that gave Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook chances to make plays. His best throw came on a deep crosser to Cole, similar to last week against the Seahawks. He rolled to his left and used his vision to create leverage vs the defensive lineman. He then lofted an off balance pass down the field to Cole. The pass was just over the head of the defensive back and gave Cole more than enough room for yards after the catch. On each of Bortles theee touchdown passes, he showed good vision as a passer and made the right read. On his final touchdown of the game, to Keelan Cole, he read Cole breaking open in the middle of the end zone and completed the pass with velocity and accuracy.
2017 Week 14 vs SEA (18 / 27 / 268 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / -2 / 0 rush)
Bortles turned in a career performance in what was the most important game of his career up to this point. The Jaguars got him into a rhythm early on by utilizing quick hitting passing plays and crossers behind the Seahawks linebackers. He was not sacked on the day largely due to the fact that he got the ball out quickly and his pocket presence. He frequently stepped up against the Seahawks edge rush and delivered passes over the head of their second level. His two best throws were his touchdown passes, both vertical throws. The first to Dede Westbrook was placed behind Westbrook so that he had to slow for the ball, but he did this because there was a safety trying to cut off Westbrook from the end-zone. His 75-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole was possible because of his eye movement. He held the safety and then quickly moved off of him and threw a strike downfield that hit Cole in stride.
2017 Week 13 vs IND (26 / 35 / 309 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
Bortles played his best game of the season. This wasn't a game like against the Ravens, or the first game against the Colts, in which wide receivers were running open freely due to the Jaguars run game. This time, Bortles carried the offense when the run game struggled. His best throw of the game came in the third quarter in which he threw the ball to the correct shoulder of Keelan Cole, who was running a vertical route. The ball was placed in the window in between two defenders and it got the Jaguars into scoring position. Bortles did a good job of maneuvering the pocket and finding targets throughout the day as well, though he did fail to feel pressure coming off the right edge. The sack resulted in a fumble. Bortles threw two touchdowns. One was on extended play in the redzone, where Marqise Lee ran an inside breaking route and got past the zone coverage. The throw was slightly behind Lee but not enough to make a difference. The other touchdown was on a fade to Keelan Cole in the redzone, this one with perfect outside placement.
2017 Week 12 vs ARI (19 / 33 / 160 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 62 / 2 rush)
Bortles had one of his worst games of the season, easily. The Jaguars tried airing it out early, and while their skill players were getting open, Bortles could not hit them at all. Whether the misses were close or within a mile, he did not connect on one deep pass. He missed out on two touchdowns; One on an underthrow of Dede Westbrook and one where he threw it to the outside shoulder of Keelan Cole, who was running an inside route. He took bad sacks and did not do anything on third down or against pressure to move the ball consistently. His interception at the end of the game was due to a lack of awareness and arm strength. He scored two rushing touchdowns, further cementing his status as more valuable of a runner than passer.
2017 Week 11 vs CLE (17 / 30 / 154 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Bortles was absolutely dreadful in Cleveland. He was able to do some of the easy stuff -- like hit Marqise Lee on shallow crosses -- but other than that he held back the Jaguars offense. His lone touchdown came on a play action pass to a wide open tight end, and other than that play he was inefficient on third down. He dropped his eyes to pressure and was careless with the football, almost throwing several interceptions and losing one fumble. His best pass on the day came on a go route to Marqise Lee in the fourth quarter. He placed the ball perfectly for Lee on third down but Lee would end up dropping the pass.
2017 Week 10 vs LAC (28 / 51 / 273 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 34 / 0 rush)
Bortles threw only one incompletion in the entire first half. Most of his passes were short ones underneath, but the efficiency was a welcomed rare sight regardless. This changed in the second half. While Bortles was under duress from Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram for much of the day, he was still erratic in the second half. He threw two back-breaking INTs in the fourth quarter that should have lost the game for the Jaguars. His runs were ineffective, and he failed to put together drives. His best drive of the game was one early in the second half in which the Jaguars marched down the field in 10 plays, all passes, thanks to big chunk gains by Keelan Cole and Allen Hurns. This resulted in Bortles' lone touchdown of the game, a strike to Marqise Lee near the front pylon.
2017 Week 9 vs CIN (24 / 38 / 259 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Bortles had some completely funky plays in the first half. His wideouts ran wide open the entire game but he did not consistently connect with them until the second half. Notable misses in the first half included a red zone pass that was thrown at a Bengals defensive lineman's helmet, (yes, really) and a pass to a wide-open Marcedes Lewis that he sailed by 5-yards. After that though, Bortles looked in command of the offense. He moved well in and out of the pocket and did not make any head-scratching decisions. His best passes were quick hitting ones in the intermediate area of the field, such as his touchdown pass to Marqise Lee on a slant in the red zone. He was also used a runner on a number of occasions, mainly with read-option looks.
2017 Week 7 vs IND (18 / 26 / 330 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
Bortles had his best production of the season and probably of even the last two seasons. He almost had 300 yards passing at half-time and had big plays in connection with Hurns, Lee and Cole. He was more aggressive than he had been in the past few weeks, but some throws such as his deep pass to Cole show that he is still a woefully inept passer of the football. The Jaguars wideouts dominated the Colts and Bortles benefitted from them. His best pass was his touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis in the first quarter, but he also missed Lewis on a wide open touchdown by the goal line during the first drive. Blake did not make any bad decisions, but he still struggled with accuracy and touch.
2017 Week 6 vs LAR (23 / 35 / 241 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Bortles did not do anything to help the Jaguars win the game. His lone touchdown pass showed impressive touch down the field but it was perfectly executed and schemed. Other than that, he panicked under the constant pressure he was under, was inaccurate and did a poor job of reading the field. On his interception, Bortles was too slow to get the ball out and then threw it too far in front of his target, leading to a deflection and turnover. Bortles did not have really any single moment in this game where you could look at him and think you were seeing a quality starter or even a player with many redeemable traits. He is still being used as a runner, though likely not enough.
2017 Week 5 vs PIT (8 / 14 / 95 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
There really isn't much to say about Bortles from this game. Even more so than week 1, the team showed that they want him to be a part of the offense as little as possible. He was under pressure a good bit when he did drop back to pass but he did a good job of hanging in the pocket and throwing. He completed one deep pass to Marqise Lee under pressure but also missed Lee badly on two deep passes, one of which should have been a TD. He is an uber inconsistent QB who is frankly just better if you try your best to ignore him.
2017 Week 4 vs NYJ (15 / 35 / 140 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 38 / 0 rush)
Blake Bortles had a vintage Blake Bortles game. The team was in the game not due to him and his play, but in spite of it completely. He overthrew open receivers 5 times alone in the first half and could not make any reads against the Jets defense. The Jets blitzes got to him early and it seemed like it affected him the rest of the game. His lone touchdown was a dump off to Leonard Fournette that required zero effort on Blake's part. Bortles also went 0/3 from the Jets 6-yard line in the final drive of regulation, and his interception to Kony Ealy gifted the Jets 3 free points. No team can win when their QB plays the way Bortles played today.
2017 Week 3 vs BAL (20 / 31 / 244 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
This was the best Bortles had played in his last 20 starts alone. Maybe even further back than that. He was great against the Ravens typically stingy defense, showing an uptick in instincts and playmaking ability under duress. His best throw was a touchdown strike to Allen Hurns, as he was able to fit the ball into a tight window due to anticipation in the red zone. He consistently gave his WRs a chance at the ball and made deep throws consistently for the first time this season. They need Bortles to play mistake-free, but this game was more than that. He was in control of the game and used the weapons at his disposal to move the ball and score against a quality defense. Each of his 4 touchdowns was a quality throw. Just a quality game.
2017 Week 2 vs TEN (20 / 34 / 223 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 29 / 0 rush)
The Blake Bortles of old never left, he was merely a week late to the party. Bortles was dreadful against the Titans outside of complete and utter garbage time at the end of the game and a few third down conversions early in the game. He had 3 turnovers to go along with his inaccuracy and inability to make plays. One was a strip sack that was more or less the tackles fault. The other two were interceptions that were caused by his elongated throwing motion. One was tipped by a DL while one was tipped off a slant thrown way behind Marqise Lee. Bortles was much, much worse than his final numbers indicate.
2017 Week 1 vs HOU (11 / 21 / 125 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
If this was any indication on how the Jaguars want to scheme their offense around Bortles' limitations, Bortles will hardly be relevant from a numbers standpoint. He was tasked with few deep passes other than two corner routes to Allen Robinson (on the play he was injured on) and Allen Hurns early on, but from then on he was tasked with managing the game. He was up and down as a passer, sailing a few passes, but he didn't make any mistakes to hurt the team and his mobility helped. He did fail to convert several key third downs in the red zone but none came back to bite the team. With his big play threat in Robinson sidelined, it is hard to see the team ask Blake to have many performances unlike the one he had against Houston. His lone touchdown pass came on a play action to the Fullback from he one yard line.
Latest NewsJaguars | Blake Bortles full go (Wed Jan 17, 04:48 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles much worse on road (Mon Jan 15, 07:40 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has averaged just 193 passing yards in away games this season while throwing six touchdowns and eight interceptions in those contests. Jaguars | Blake Bortles wins playoff road game (Sun Jan 14, 05:49 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 14 of his 26 pass attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 14. He also ran five times for 35 yards. Our View: Bortles didn't make any big mistakes and helped the Jaguars get off to a great start with a pass-first approach to open the game. He'll be asked to be steady, if unspectacular next week at Foxboro.
link to story Jaguars | Divisional Round injury report for Jaguars (Fri Jan 12, 02:07 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) and LB Blair Brown (ankle) were limited during practice Friday, Jan. 12, and are listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. FB Tommy Bohanon (knee), QB Blake Bortles (wrist), CB Aaron Colvin (illness), DT Abry Jones (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle), LB Donald Payne (quadriceps), LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen), CB Jalen Ramsey (Achilles') and LB Telvin Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles ready to play (Fri Jan 12, 02:06 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 12, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our View: Bortles rushed for more yards than he passed in the Wild Card game against the Bills. That will have to be altered drastically if the Jaguars get into a shootout with the Steelers on Sunday. Expect the team to get RB Leonard Fournette the ball early and often.
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