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QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-5, 232Born: 12-16-1991College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 13): The Jaguars certainly won't want Bortles to throw 51 times in a game again, but he did have one shining touchdown drive and he still has four very good matchups left on the schedule. He's viable emergency depth for the stretch run and a bye coverage/streamer this week at Cleveland.

General News (Fri Nov 17): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 16): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 15): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 11: at Cleveland Browns

All QB vs CLE

FBG says: Good matchup. Over his last four games, Blake Bortles is averaging 275 yards passing per game. While the touchdowns are not there as he is only averaging one touchdown per game, this is an offense that is looking to become more balanced as Marqise Lee has emerged as a reliable receiver in this offense. Lee, over his last four games, has averaged 9.8 targets per game including ten or more targets in three of those four games. He has filled a void in this offense that was created in the preseason when Allen Robinson went down with an injury. The Browns pass defense on the season is a defense where the individual parts are better than the sum of the entire defense. On the season, the Browns have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the biggest reason for this is their struggles against the tight end and the touchdowns the Browns are allowing as the Browns have actually held opposing wide receivers to the ninth-fewest fantasy points this season. The Browns have struggled against the tight end this season as they have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends which could set up well for Marcedes Lewis this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
7 at IND 68 18 26 330 1 0 4 11 0 1 20.6
9 vs CIN 80 24 38 259 1 0 5 20 0 0 18.95
10 vs LAC 84 28 51 273 1 2 5 34 0 0 19.05
11 at CLE 0 17 30 154 1 0 4 4 0 1 10.1
11 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 19 31 * * * 3 * * * *
11 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 19 32 * * * 4 * * * *
11 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 17 27 * * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Jaguars | Blake Bortles doesn't do much (Sun Nov 19, 07:44 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 17 of his 30 pass attempts for 154 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Jaguars | Blake Bortles set for Sunday's battle (Fri Nov 17, 05:46 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist, illness) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 17, and he is off the injury report for Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Jaguars | Week 11 injury report for Jacksonville (Fri Nov 17, 02:47 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Arrelious Benn (knee) and WR Allen Hurns (ankle) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. LB Blair Brown (hamstring), RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), OL Patrick Omameh (quad) and OL Jermey Parnell (knee) did not participate in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. QB Blake Bortles (wrist, illness) LB Lerentee McCray (foot) and CB Jalen Ramsey (back) each practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report. PK Josh Lambo (hip), WR Marqise Lee (knee), TE Marcedes Lewis (knee) and DE Dawuane Smoot (knee) were all limited in practice Friday but also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Jaguars | Blake Bortles practices in full (Thu Nov 16, 03:16 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (illness, wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Even against a shaky Cleveland defense, Bortles is worth no more than a low-end QB2. This is still a run-centered offense and he is still Blake Bortles. Last week's 51 pass attempts are not only an aberration, they're a big, scary warning sign that says "please avoid this" as while Bortles amassed 273 yards and a touchdown, he also threw a pair of picks. He will spend most of the day handing the ball off.
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Jaguars | Blake Bortles practices in full (Wed Nov 15, 05:04 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Schedule

11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Arizona Cardinals
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Houston Texans
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Tennessee Titans