QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Here we go again. Bortles is pulling us in as a superflex/QB2/deep league streamer with a strong performance against the Colts. He'll face the Steelers at home this week and still has another game with the Colts and a Week 16 meeting with the Dolphins left.
Week 11: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Following his brief Week 7 benching, Blake Bortles may have answered the bell. He's looked strong in back-to-back starts since, completing 63% of his throws at 7.67 yards per attempt. Most importantly, he's been turnover-free, and he had the Jaguars in position to win both games. The Jaguars would much prefer Bortles play a safe, sanitized game that the team can control in other ways, but he's made a handful of impressive plays of late. His well-placed loft to Donte Moncrief last Sunday turned into an 80-yard touchdown, and he later showed off a handful of creative throws up the seams that converted key third downs. Bortles doesn't have a ton of dynamism to his game - Moncrief is an accomplished downfield playmaker, but the rest of his weaponry is fairly ho-hum. Rather, he almost always makes his fantasy hay on volume, when a shootout breaks out or the Jaguars fall behind. If nothing else, the last two weeks have brought some optimism that Bortles is indeed up to those tasks. If his development continues, Moncrief's outlook brightens, while top target Dede Westbrook takes another step toward fantasy WR3 relevance. After a horrid start to the year, the Pittsburgh pass defense is starting to border on the dominant. Despite facing a solid amount of pass volume, they've held each of the last 4 quarterbacks they've faced under 230 yards. Most of the credit goes to the pass rush, which has been virtually unblockable of late. T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, and Cameron Heyward lead a diverse group of athletic, tenacious rushers that make things exceptionally difficult for passers. They swarmed Cam Newton last Thursday, sacking him five times and giving him very little time to make anything happen downfield. (It also gifted them an easy pick-six.) The coverage unit is just so-so, with shaky cornerback play and safeties more versed in run support than help coverage down the field. When the rushers aren't hitting home, splash plays are a regular thing against this secondary. But at the moment, there's not much answer for them, and the secondary's job is being made easy. Fantasy players need to be aware of the potential downside, but also to temper their expectations in this matchup. No wideout has topped 58 yards against the Steelers since Week 6, after all.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Blake Bortles's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs IND (26 / 38 / 320 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The coaching staff seemed determined to keep the ball out of his hands early in the game. He had only 5 attempts going into the final drive of the first half. One of those attempts, though, was an 80 yard touchdown reception to Donte Moncrief. It was a simple corner route, and Bortles threw the pass with good touch and accuracy, letting Moncrief run underneath it and catch the ball in stride. By the time the Jaguars opened their offense up at the end of the second quarter, the Colts had already built an insurmountable lead. Bortles was safe with the ball, albeit unaggressive. Very few of his attempts outside the Moncrief bomb were thrown more than 5 yards downfield. All being said, this was one of Bortles better games of the season.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (24 / 41 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 43 / 0 rush)
Bortles did not cause the Jaguars to lose this game, but he did nothing to aid their cause to win. He fumbled and recovered his first snap from under center, but luckily recovered it. It was apparent the Jaguars wanted to take the ball out of his hands as a passer as much as possible early in the game. The first drive featured just one pass attempt, as the Jaguars either ran or Bortles scrambled on every other play. The drive successfully ended in a field goal. On the next drive, Bortles took a sack on 3rd and 8, and the offensive output mostly devolved from there. He either was sacked, threw short checkdowns, or scrambled for the majority of the game. He was not dumpster fire awful (and was again let down by some awful drops), but with the game on the line in the 4th quarter with a chance to win he had a four-and-out sequence where he checked down for 8 yards, then overthrew open receivers twice and had a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (6 / 12 / 61 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 30 / 0 rush)
Bortles turned the ball over on his own 35 on his first pass. He panicked vs a 3 man rush, dropped his eyes to scramble and had the ball pop out during the tackle. On his second drive, he had a good 3rd and 2 conversion, finding an open Donte Moncrief on a Shallow Cross for a long catch and run. On the next third down, he targeted Keelan Cole on a short route over the middle that was blatantly dropped. He was almost sacked for a safety by Clowney but just barely got the ball off to Yeldon. He took a deep drop from under center on the next play, felt uncomfortable with what he saw downfield and scrambled for 10 yards. On his most successful drive of the day, he went 2 for 6 with 4 scrambles and took the ball from his own 5 to the 45. The drive stalled out inside of 2 minutes after he was hit trying to throw the ball away on 3rd and 4. He fumbled the ball on the third play of the Jaguars' first drive of the second half on a scramble, giving Houston the ball at the 12 yard line. He was pulled from the game after this turnover. He finished 6-12 with 61 yards passing and two lost fumbles before being benched.
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (15 / 26 / 149 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
Bortles was uncomfortable from his very first pass attempt of the game. The Jaguars ran a Snag concept on their first third down- Bortles immediately threw to the flat, where the receiver was tackled short of first down marker (rushed pass attempt - the Corner route came open). On his second third down, he had to scramble due to immediate pressure off the left side (3rd string LT Josh Walker failed to pick up an inside stunt by the DE). He took a Read Option keep for 12 yards on first play of third drive. He finally picked up a first down on a third down conversion throw on a Shallow Cross to Keenan Cole, which went for 14 yards after the catch. He was sacked on the next third down on a Flood type concept where nobody was open. He also opened up the next drive with a sack, where he broke the pocket at the top of his drop despite pressure not being close. At this point it was apparent that he didn't trust his protection even though he was not under much duress early in the game. Got back to the LOS, didn't take a huge loss on the play. On third down, he rushed himself vertically out of the pocket too quickly, but made a last second flip of a pass attempt (it looked like a forward option pitch) to an open Dede Westbrook - who dropped the ball out of surprise. Their hurry up offense at the end of the first half (41 seconds to go from the 25 yard line and two timeouts remaining) consisted of three quick checkdowns before the first half ended. His touchdown pass in the second half capped a fairly good drive where he hit two chunk plays (one to Cole, one to Shaughnessy) off scrambles. He finished the drive off throwing a Deep Over to Dede Westbrook. On the very first play of the next drive, he tried to hit the Deep Over to Westbrook again, but he was double covered. It resulted in an interception returned to the 8 yard line. The final quarter featured either dumpoff passes or one read vertical throws for incompletions.
2018 Week 5 vs KC (33 / 61 / 430 / 1 / 4 pass, 4 / 34 / 1 rush)
Bortles played maybe his worst game so far as a pro. He looked uncomfortable from the very first drive, where he skipped a pass on third down. The Jaguars punted ball away, gave up lead, and further fell apart from there. He had four straight turnovers in the second quarter - on downs inside the 10 yard line, a stripsack by Dee Ford on the next drive, a pick six where he threw a screen pass right to a defensive lineman, and a redzone interception where he threw the ball off an offensive lineman's helmet for a tip drill. His third interception at the start of the fourth quarter came on a horribly airmailed pass over the middle. He was not hit or under pressure. He did have a 21 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to cap off a garbage time drive. His final pass of the game was an interception on an underthrown endzone fade to DJ Chark.
2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (29 / 38 / 388 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)
This game for Bortles could be titled 'Death by 1000 Shallow Crosses.' He opened with 11 straight completions. The Jets run a lot of man coverage or 3-deep, 3-under fire zone and just got eaten alive underneath. Bortles used his legs (mostly) effectively in this game, and got loose for a long scramble on the first drive. He saw man coverage and broke the pocket pretty early in the down. He showed good patience on a zone boot - he didn't force the ball to covered crosser or take off for a run around the edge too early. He held the ball and let Moncrief come open on a Comeback to the sideline. He had a sack/fumble (self-recovered) in the Redzone on third down where he did a good job avoiding initial pressure, but was not decisive after his step-up and was also carrying the ball in one hand. He was lucky to recover and have the drive end in points (a field goal). Unclear if anything was open downfield based on viewing angle. He still has a propensity to hold the ball too long and not throw it away, as was evidenced on Leonard Wiliams' sack in the second quarter. His one interception of the day came in the 3rd quarter, targeting a Shallow Cross. The defensive linemen read his eyes and batted the ball in the air for a tip drill interception. While the throw in itself was not a poor decision, tipped passes at the line of scrimmage continue to be a problem for Bortles as he continually stares down his intended target. He also fumbled a snap from under center in the 3rd quarter like a Pop Warner player taking his first ever snap. Luckily, he recovered his own fumble. His best throw of the game came on one of the few downfield targets he made ñ a catch and throw fade to Donte Moncrief down the right sideline that he placed perfectly over Moncrief's shoulder.
2018 Week 3 vs TEN (21 / 34 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Started off the first drive nice, completed first two passes both for 1st downs. After his second completion, he took a delay of game penalty changing the play at the LOS and everything was downhill from there. Took a sack on the next play. Drive ended in a punt following 3rd and 14. 3 and out next drive - protection issues. Airmailed an easy out route to an open Cole on 3rd and 3 next drive. Cole killed him with two key drops on good passes in the first half. First two passes coming out of halftime batted down by DL. Converted 3rd and 10 on a Pop pass to Westbrook vs a blitz. Drive eventually stalled out on a poor throw to an open Cole on a crosser on 3rd and 4. Got more involved as a runner in the second half. Positive in terms of some yardage outcomes, but with the protection failing over the course of the 2nd half it also led to sacks.
2018 Week 2 vs NE (29 / 45 / 377 / 4 / 1 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)
This was the best game that Bortles has played in a Jaguars uniform to date. He started the game with rhythm and accuracy and coupled it with good decision making to lead the Jaguars to a rout after throwing a touchdown on the first drive. He continues to use his legs well, picking up at least two key conversions on scrambles and putting his total yardage on the day to over 400. He had two bad throws in this game - both coming on the same look. The first bad throw of the game was an In Cut to Keelan Cole where Cole was double-covered, but the ball was still put where only Cole could get a hand on it (although Cole did tip it up into the air for a potential interception). His interception came on a very similar play to the Cole tipped pass, except this time Sefarian-Jenkins was the target and tipped the ball up for an interception (he was, however, more open that Cole was on his tip). Overall though, he came off of his primary in this game and got through the progression instead of staring his man down. He rewarded the coaching staff's aggressive approach, capping the two-minute drill at the end of the first half with a touchdown pass with just 0:09 left in the half - a stark contrast to the team taking knees and into halftime in the AFC Championship game. He opened the third quarter up with a 7 minute drive that led to a field goal, essentially eating 10 minutes of gametime and scoring 10 offensive points between New England possessions. Rebounded after his interception by throwing the game-sealing touchdown on a catch-and-run to Dede Westrbook.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (18 / 33 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 42 / 0 rush)
Bortles' rhythm, timing, accuracy were all good on the opening drive. He is comfortable early in games when the offense is working off of it's script. Vertical targets to Donte Moncrief were a black hole ñ resulting in wasted downs on shot plays (at best) with the worst outcome being a Janoris Jenkins interception. Bortles showed great placement on a touchdown Corner route target to Sefarian-Jenkins that was nullified by an offensive line penalty. He was almost intercepted by Jenkins again on the next play, as Jenkins undercut a corner route intended for Niles Paul. Jenkins' deflection almost went for a touchdown, as Paul almost made the catch after the ball popped up in the air. With better trajectory on this throw, he actually could have given Paul an opportunity at an over-the-shoulder catch. His biggest play of the game came in the second half, when he got the Jaguars offense out from the shadow of their own goalpost on a 41 yard RPO keep down the left sideline. Like with all of the Jaguars' second half drives, however, the series ended with a punt after a skipped pass and a false start left the drive with an insurmountable 3rd and 13.
Latest NewsJaguars | Blake Bortles tops 300 yards (Sun Nov 11, 08:06 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 26 of his 38 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10. Our View: Bortles is pulling us back into considering him as a streamer with this performance. He benefited from a Donte Moncrief big play and Leonard Fournette's contributions as a receiver. He has some superflex/QB2 appeal against the Steelers next week.
link to story Jaguars | Jacksonville's Week 10 injury report (Fri Nov 9, 01:34 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye (calf) and CB Quenton Meeks (knee) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Indianapolis Colts. DT Eli Ankou (calf) did not practice for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 9, and is listed as doubtful. TE David Grinnage (knee), DE Lerentee McCray (hamstring), TE James O'Shaughnessy (hip) and LB Telvin Smith (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) and CB D.J. Hayden (toe) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on injury report. Our View: Bouye being out should help Andrew Luck's matchup. The Eagles made multiple big plays to Jordan Matthews so Ryan Grant or Chester Rogers could benefit from the matchup this week.
link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles fully practices (Thu Nov 8, 05:59 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles listed as full participant (Wed Nov 7, 04:32 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) was listed as a full participant for practice Wednesday, Nov. 7. link to story Jaguars | Wednesday's practice report for Jacksonville (Wed Nov 7, 04:11 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye (calf) and CB Quenton Meeks (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 7. DT Eli Ankou (calf), DE Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and TE James O'Shaughnessy (hip) was listed as a limited participant in practice. QB Blake Bortles (shoulder), RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and CB D.J. Hayden (toe) were able to practice in full. link to story More News
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