QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs IND (25 / 39 / 301 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Bortles started the game terrific. He was poised, accurate, and aggressive. He made several difficult throws into tight windows and his touchdown pass to Ben Koyack was one of the best throws he has made all season. He also picked up key first downs with his legs. The 2nd half, though, was a different story. He lost 2 fumbles after sacks and failed to move the chains. His inaccuracy returned, mostly on deep passes, and he looked much more like the Bortles of weeks 1-15 than the one of week 16. A disappointing end to a disappointing season.
2016 Week 16 vs TEN (26 / 38 / 325 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Bortles had, easily, his best game of the 2016 season. The ball came out tighter and more accurate and he looked much better at reading the coverages that the Titans threw at him. He was more accurate on deep passes than he has been all season, and for the first time in 2016 he was able to lead the offense to points in much score situations. He scored two touchdowns; One passing, and one receiving (on a trick play pass from Marqise Lee.) Bortles nightmare of a season can not be forgotten, but there was at least one good performance from him.
2016 Week 15 vs HOU (12 / 28 / 92 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -5 / 1 rush)
There is not much more to say about Bortles that has not already been said. He played horrendously in every possible way that a passer can. His mechanics were a mess, leading to severe inaccuracy on nearly every throw. He could not handle any pressure, running into several sacks and rushing several passes. He did not connect on a single deep pass. He could not convert a single first down when the team needed the offense to the most. The only thing he did well was run for a touchdown. This performance was right-handed Tebow-esque.
2016 Week 14 vs MIN (23 / 37 / 257 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Bortles stats might not look as putrid as most weeks, and he did not turn the ball over surprisingly, but he was still ineffective, especially when the team needed him the most. Marqise Lee bailed him out on several bad throws and his accuracy on passes to Allen Robinson was largely awful. He did not move the chains and too many times failed to turn field goals into touchdowns. He locked onto targets and did not use his legs as an advantage as he had in previous weeks. On the games most important drives, he had 3-and-outs. He will make a few nice throws a game but all in all, he is simply not an NFL Starting caliber quarterback.
2016 Week 13 vs DEN (19 / 42 / 181 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 29 / 1 rush)
Bortles had, yet again, a horrid performance. He was putrid with pressure in his face and did nothing to help the offense move the ball despite being put in a number of favorable situations by the Jaguars defense. He missed several easy passes and reads, specifically an early 3rd down pass to Marqise Lee that could have potentially been a touchdown. He gifted Denver 7 points by throwing a pass directly to Bradley Roby and then had another horrific end of game turnover on the final drive, demonstrating his putrid situational awareness. He did score on a 22-yard touchdown run, but running is really the only positive he offers the offense.
2016 Week 12 vs BUF (13 / 26 / 126 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 81 / 0 rush)
As a passer, Bortles once again failed to impress. His touchdown strike to Marqise Lee was a quality throw, showing off arm strength and anticipation, but he missed far too many throws and was routinely bailed out by his receivers. His biggest weakness currently is his deep ball, which is baffling considering that it was a strength of his last season. He missed several receivers deep who were streaking down the field wide open, which has become a weekly occurrence. If there is any value that Bortles offers the offense at this point, it is with his legs. He had the best rushing day of his career, picking up yardage on both designed runs and scrambles.
2016 Week 11 vs DET (22 / 35 / 202 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Bortles looked like he suffered a shoulder injury early in the 1st quarter, but it is hard to tell when he throws like he has a shoulder injury every single game. He took the biggest beating from a defense that he has all year and made several key throws under pressure, which can't be taken away from him, but he was once again erratic and made too many costly mistakes. He consistently failed to pick up first downs in key situations, after turnovers created by the Jaguars, and his terrible pick-six in the 3rd quarter is why the Jaguars lost by seven instead of potentially winning the game. There is nothing he does well, and too many things he does poorly.
2016 Week 10 vs HOU (32 / 49 / 265 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Blake Bortles is holding this entire offense, and team, back. He is the sole reason the Jaguars lost this game and the reason the offense could not score points. He had a few impressive throws when he got into a rhythm but his negatives are far too glaring. His pick-six throw was a rookie mistake, one that was made because he can't read defenders. He left two touchdowns and over 100-yards of offense on the field on failed deep passes; One overthrow to Allen Hurns and one underthrow to Marqise Lee. Both were wide open for what should have been easy touchdowns. Bortles is broken.
2016 Week 9 vs KC (22 / 41 / 252 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 54 / 0 rush)
The change in play-callers meant more hurry-up and more deep shots from Bortles but he still did not have a good day. He missed a wide open Allen Robinson twice and threw a gut-wrenching interception straight to a linebacker. He looked good in small flashes but ultimately there were 4 to 5 other throws that should have been intercepted. A day to forget.
2016 Week 8 vs TEN (33 / 54 / 337 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
No quarterback has had as far as a fall from grace as Bortles has had this season. He has zero positives to his play until the game is out of reach. He struggles to read coverages, get the ball out in rhythm, and avoiding pressure. His motion is the main issue behind his inaccuracy but his decision making has not improved in 3 years. He is broken, very likely beyond repair.
2016 Week 7 vs OAK (23 / 43 / 246 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 33 / 0 rush)
Bortles, again, was the catalyst for the most underachieving offense in the entire NFL. In what was supposed to be a "Get right" game for Bortles, he was awful from the start. A start in which he was, at one point, 5/14 with less than 60 yards. He never once looked like he was in any rhythm and he didn't deliver an accurate ball for the entirety of the game. The most appalling throw came on the Jaguars first redzone trip, as he lofted a jump ball to Marqise Lee in the endzone, despite 3 Raider defenders being in the area. Bortles is a shell of the player he was last season. The only thing he did well was move the ball as a runner. That is it.
2016 Week 6 vs CHI (20 / 33 / 271 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Bortles had a very encouraging opening drive. They got him into a rhythm early, frequently rolling him out of the pocket where he excels. He stood tall vs pressure and had several accurate throws to tight windows. He threw what should have been a touchdown in the redzone but i bounced off Allen Robinson's chest and into the hands of a bears defender. From that point on, Bortles had a putrid performance. His decision making was not an issue for the 2nd game in a row, but he continues to lack any sort of accuracy or awareness, which resulted in several missed opportunities and a lost fumble. The Jaguars used more of a hurry up offense in the final quarter out of necessity and Bortles was functional enough to lead 3 scoring drives, though he was largely helped by Bears penalties.
2016 Week 4 vs IND (19 / 33 / 207 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 36 / 1 rush)
Bortles was not the disastrous QB that he was in his previous two starts, but it was still not a good performance. He again took bad sacks at the worst possible times (see sack at end of first half) and he had several miscues throughout the game, most notably a deep attempt to Allen Robinson that was so under-thrown that Robinson had to attempt to stop in his tracks completely and jump over the defensive back. If he leads Robinson, it would have been an easy score. He looks like he is struggling to see the field clearly and does not know where to go with the ball if his first read or Robinson are covered up. On the positive side of things, he did not turn the ball over for the first time all season and he kept several drives alive by using his legs. He also tossed 2 touchdowns and ran one in. It would have been 3 touchdowns were it not for an Allen Robinson drop in the endzone. He has been worse, but he needs to be better.
2016 Week 3 vs BAL (24 / 38 / 194 / 2 / 3 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Bortles did not play as awful as he did in the week prior vs the Chargers, but he still played poorly. He had 2 good drives, both resulting in TDs to Allen Robinson, but otherwise he played erratically and was incompetent in critical situations late in the game. His accuracy and decision making were poor, both when under pressure and when he had time to throw. His first of 3 INTs came on an underthrown ball to Robinson. The next came after a DT read his eyes and tipped it at the line of scrimmage. The 3rd came on the final play of the game, a heave that never had any chance of landing in a Jaguars' hands. There were about 4 other passes that could have also resulted in interceptions. Outside of the poor throws, Bortles' also took too many sacks that he simply shouldn't have, specifically a sack on the final drive where he had broke the pocket and had a chance to throw the ball away. Something is very, very wrong with Bortles. The erratic passes and poor decisions from years prior are still there, but the explosive playmaking is currently missing.
2016 Week 2 vs SD (31 / 50 / 329 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 34 / 0 rush)
Bortles has had some real clunkers in his career, but this one was something else entirely. A 3rd year QB should not be making the mistakes that he made in this game. He has always been a QB who is a double edged sword; He has glaring negatives that can be negated by massive potential and fantastic flashes. But against the Chargers, it was all bad. He looked uncomfortable from the start and struggled mightily with both decision making and accuracy, each of which resulted in interceptions. He failed to convert downfield passes and too many times looked flummoxed by what the Chargers threw at him. His body language spoke volumes, as he went off on several lineman after mistakes and was clearly frustrated with more than a few play calls. Any stats he put up are largely meaningless.
2016 Week 1 vs GB (24 / 39 / 320 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Bortles threw an interception on the first drive of the game, but it was not the atypical Bortles interception. He threw it slightly behind Marqise Lee, who then mishandled the ball several times until it would eventually land in a defender's hands. From that point on, Bortles was very effective for the Jaguars. He was able to keep the offense on in rhythm and came up in clutch moments such as going 4/4 on 4th down conversions until the final play of the game. His typical accuracy issues were a moot point against the Packers as him and his wideouts were largely on the same page throughout the day. His two biggest passes of the day were directed to Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. He threw an accurate pass to Hurns along the sideline that put Hurns in position to evade a tackle and gain extra yardage. His pass to Thomas was a 9 route in the corner of the end zone that was a perfectly placed deep ball from Bortles. The only true knock on Bortles for this game would be that him and Allen Robinson failed to consistently connect downfield.
Latest NewsJaguars | Blake Bortles' option won't be exercised? (Sun Mar 26, 01:05 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is unlikely to see his fifth-year option for 2018 picked up by May 2 - the deadline to do so - according to the Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran. Our View: That would be a bold move for the Jaguars as they don't really have an option for the future. Bortles saw his game fall off in 2016 after a 35-touchdown performance in 2015. If he shows greater dedication to the game, the Jaguars should see a bounce-back season from him this year.
link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles confident in offseason work (Tue Mar 21, 02:09 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he is 'confident' with what he's done this offseason, and that he'll be able to 'come help this team be as good as we possibly can be.' Bortles is in the process of adjusting his mechanics and throwing motion. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles working on mechanics (Sun Mar 19, 04:29 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he has been working with quarterback coaches this offseason and has been able to develop a quicker release. He has been working out with WR Marqise Lee in California and is scheduled to work out with WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns next week in Arizona. Our View: Simply put, Bortles regressed last year for the Jaguars. If he's focused on football and improving his game, then perhaps he can start showing the potential he had two years ago. The Jaguars have put together one helluva defense, and they have weapons on offense if they can get more out of Bortles.
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