QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Sep 22): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.
General News (Thu Sep 21): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Sep 20): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Jaguars passing game has been downright atrocious thus far. That's no big surprise when we recall Blake Bortles' 2016 flameout and nightmarish offseason, which saw him briefly benched for Chad Henne, one of the league's worst backups. But the team has now lost all trust in his abilities, so his inefficiency and turnover-prone play is now seen only in short bursts as offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett aims to keep the ball out of his hands. Bortles has attempted just 55 passes through 2 games, a low number that's actually inflated by Week 2 garbage time. He's created an average of just 6.32 yards on those throws - 5.28 over the first 2 quarters - while throwing 2 interceptions along the way. A switch to Henne seems right around the corner, considering Bortles' ineffectiveness and $19 million injury guarantee. Neither passer inspires any confidence, especially with Allen Robinson sidelined. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are solid complements, but neither threatens a defense enough to open things up underneath for Bortles and the run game. This passing game remains a quarterback away from anything truly dynamic. The Ravens pass defense has drawn mixed reviews thus far, but their numbers have been great, albeit against two dysfunctional passing games. They've smothered both Andy Dalton (52% completion rate, 4 interceptions, 6 sacks) and DeShone Kizer (48%, 3 and 3) with dominant pass rushes, forcing thoroughly ineffective play, so they obviously deserve the benefit of the doubt. Baltimore is pushing the pocket fantastically, allowing Terrell Suggs and the underrated line to live in opposing backfields. Again, we have to note the competition, and the occasional lapses in coverage by the inconsistent secondary. Kizer in particular managed to create big, if isolated, plays down the field, hitting on 6 completions of 20 yards or more. But it's a fair assumption the pass rush will force errant throws, and without an obvious Jacksonville playmaker to alter their assignments, they'll keep Blake Bortles' impact low or negative.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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 | Week 3 injury report for Jaguars (Fri Sep 22, 03:47 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring) and LB Lerentee McCray (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3. QB Chad Henne (illness) did not practice and is listed as questionable. OT Cam Robinson (shoulder) and CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. QB Blake Bortles (wrist), FS Tashaun Gipson (ankle), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Malik Jackson (groin) and C Brandon Linder (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles on track to play (Fri Sep 22, 03:31 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 3. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles practices in full (Thu Sep 21, 05:48 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 21. Our View: Bortles is not having a great season, lost his chief target to throw to and has an offense which is going to lean on a rookie running back. We would not suggest him as your starter, and would likely try to find another option even for a 2QB league.
link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles has full practice (Wed Sep 20, 03:43 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. Our View: The Jaguars won't go to Bortles and the passing game much if they can help it. They want to run the ball and play great defense to have a chance at beating the Ravens on Sunday.
link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles picked off twice in loss (Sun Sep 17, 08:26 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 20 of his 34 pass attempts for 223 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 2 against the Titans. He also rushed four times for 29 yards. Our View: Bortles did all of his damage in garbage time. It appeared in Week 1 that this defense wouldn't give up enough to get this Jags team to garbage time as often, but they regressed this week. Next week draws a very tough Ravens defense that leads a team with a similar approach.
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