QB Blake Bortles - Los Angeles Rams
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 vs PIT (10 / 18 / 104 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Bortles did not have the type of game to help any fantasy teams due to a number of mitigating factors, the least of which were his own shortcomings. The team deservedly showed a complete lack of faith in Bortles throughout the game, calling only 18 pass plays. A handful of the plays were screens, including Bortles longest gain of the day (20 yards.) In the first half, Bortles attempted nothing but short crossing routes before the first down marker. His normally poor mechanics looked worse than usual, leading to a sidearm delivery that impacted his accuracy.Bortles also faltered against any type of pass rush, taking six sacks behind the Jaguars makeshift offensive line. At least throw of those sacks were of Bortles' own doing, including a T.J. Watt strip sack in the second half. He showed a lack of poise and awareness throughout the game, and this could be seen on a number of his missed passes. The only thing that ever really salvages Bortles' value to the offense is his rushing ability, but he did not make a huge impact in that area either, rushing only twice for 17 yards. At the end of the day, Bortles inaccuracy and his failures against pressure doomed the offense from the start, turning into a one-dimensional attack.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (12 / 23 / 127 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 39 / 0 rush)
Before being benched Monday morning, it could be argued that Bortles has regressed every week and is playing the worst football of his career. His pocket presence is worse than at any point of his career. His accuracy is getting worse. He looks like he wants to crawl into a hole every time he has the football in his hands. He did not complete a pass in this game until 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter. His first completion to a WR appeared to be a 30 yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief at first, but the officials overturned the call and placed the ball at the 1 yard line. The ball doesn't lie. After starting with 1st and goal at the 1 yard line, two penalties and a Bortles sack somehow ended up with the team attempting a field goal from their own 24 yard line. It missed and Buffalo scored on the ensuing drive.
2018 Week 16 vs MIA (5 / 6 / 39 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)
Bortles came in to relieve an injured Kessler and proceeded to play the entire game. He will apparently start in Week 17 as well, despite leading the offense to a total of three points over three quarters against Miami. The coaching staff has said he will start the season finale against Houston.
2018 Week 17 vs HOU (15 / 28 / 107 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
After being gifted the ball at the 10 yard line after Houston's muffed punt, Jacksonville gained a total of three yards on their next three plays before kicking a field goal. After a Carlos Hyde stuff, Borrtles scrambled for a yard on a play-action bootleg on 2nd and goal from the 9. He held the ball too long patting it, and it was tipped into the air upon release. Dede Westbrook salvaged a potential turnover by catching the popup for a gain of one yard. Bortles proceeded to spend most of the game doing what he does - throwing checkdowns, airmailing some passes, getting sacked, and fumbling. Fittingly, his final play as a Jaguar was an interception on a horrendous deep overthrow.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs CAR (22 / 40 / 183 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)
Bortles looked out of rhythm until the two-minute drill to close the first half, which featured a lot of checkdowns and then a bomb to Allen Hurns on a corner route after the defense started squatting short. He had more good plays using his legs than his arm, having a nice run on a read-option keep as well as a couple of scrambles for positive yardage. On his first completion to Allen Robinson, he actually led him upfield a little on a dig route allowing for some extra yardage. His interception was an awful decision, where he threw a quick Out route where Carolina had three defenders on two wide receivers, with all the defenders squatting and waiting for the short pass. He has now thrown 7 pick sixes in 14 starts. The entire pass offense came off the rails once Luke Joeckel hurt his ankle, getting shut out in the second half.
2015 Week 2 vs MIA (18 / 33 / 273 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 27 / 0 rush)
Overall, Bortles looked much more comfortable in week two than he did in week one's abysmal outing. As of right now, pocket movement and comfort is clearly his most valuable trait. He looks very natural through his drop and hitch steps, and continues to make chain moving gains with his legs every week. His accuracy still leaves a lot to be desired (almost all of Robinson's targets needed a fairly big adjustment), but it looks like the poor week one performance didn't result in a loss of trust for his favorite target.
2015 Week 3 vs NE (17 / 33 / 242 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
This was a poor outing overall for Bortles. The Patriots were content to run Cover 1 and Cover 3 most of the game, and the pass offense had little success outside or up the seams until the game was well out of hand. His throws came out wobbly and were off-target for the second consecutive week. The second quarter was abysmal and truly started the blowout. With the Patriots up 10-0, the Jags missed multiple opportunities to score in the redzone due to poor throws, a drop, and mental mistakes leading to penalties, and ultimately settled for a field goal (Bortles also had a near interception to Malcolm Butler vs Cover 2 - a coverage that continues to give him problems). On the final drive before the half (score 13-3), Bortles tried to hit a pass up the seam vs Cover 3 to Marcedes Lewis. The ball sailed on him, going right to Devin McCourty in the deep third. He had two touchdown passes in the second half in garbage time - the first on a seam route to Allen Hurns vs Cover 1 and the second on a short pass to Clay Harbor in the redzone.
2015 Week 4 vs IND (28 / 50 / 298 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Bortles remains to erratic for the Jaguars offense to have any drive to drive consistency. The only success he had throwing was quick outs to Allen Hurns. He was mostly off target when targeting Allen Robinson. He continues to make a couple of nice plays with his legs every week, but overall his lack of accuracy and redzone production is glaring. He did throw for 298 yards, but needed 50 attempts to do it and was
2015 Week 5 vs TB (23 / 33 / 303 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)
Overall, Blake played with a much higher degree of timing and precision than we saw the previous two weeks. The best example of this was the crosser he hit Hurns on early in the game, allowing Hurns to get YAC and convert on 3rd down. Against the Colts, the Jags ran a similar concept on the first drive, but Bortles threw the ball behind Hurns, forcing him to slow down and adjust to the ball, and not getting any YAC. The Jags used short rhythm builders early to get both Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas involved. Deep and perimeter accuracy are recurrent issues for Bortles, as he missed an open Allen Robinson down the sidelines twice in this game. His two minute drill to close the end of the first half was very reminiscent of week one vs Carolina. He moved the offense downfield quickly, capping the drive with a touchdown pass. His interception was a horrible decision (and a potential 14 point swing), as he missed a wide open Robinson in the middle of the field and chose to throw late to Marcedes Lewis outside.
2015 Week 6 vs HOU (30 / 53 / 331 / 3 / 3 pass, 4 / 37 / 0 rush)
This was a very poor game from Bortles, and you could tell it was going to be like that from the very first drive. He threw an INT on 4th and 1 on the first drive that was negated by a defensive holding penalty. He almost threw an interception the very next play. He had a throwaway off a scramble that was a terrible floater. On his redzone interception, predetermined his throw to Julius Thomas. He is starting to improvise and bail from the pocket more and more with mixed success (although he is more successful in this area than in straight dropback passing). His only success came on improvisation plays when he broke the pocket and on back-shoulder fades to Allen Robinson.
2015 Week 7 vs BUF (13 / 29 / 182 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / -3 / 0 rush)
This was a much more efficient outing from Bortles, as the team really scaled down his volume. He attempted just 29 passes and completed them for 185 yards. The shorter passing game was ditched in favor of TJ Yeldon runs, and it seemed like the offense had more rhythm and consistency as a result. His pick six in the fourth quarter was a terrible decision and inaccurate throw, but he was able to lead a game winning drive on the next series, hitting Allen Hurns for a touchdown.
2015 Week 9 vs NYJ (24 / 40 / 381 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)
Bortles is at this point a high variance player by definition. His aggressiveness and willingness to throw deep is keeping the Jaguars in games. It's a double edged sword throw, because his tendency to improvise leads to big mistakes and turnovers (like the game sealing sack/fumble in the redzone this week). He went at Revis early and got burned with a pass breakup and interception, but was rewarded for his aggressiveness, leading to big plays and a healthy statline for Allen Robinson. He also led a fantastic two-minute drive to end the half right after having one of the worst fumbles ever in the shadow of his own endzone.
2015 Week 10 vs BAL (22 / 45 / 188 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
This was probably a bottom 3 performance of Bortles' career. His accuracy to the outside quadrants was way off, and he never felt settled or comfortable in the pocket. There are still too many missed opportunities. He badly underthrew a wide open Allen Robinson in the first half. It would have gone for a touchdown, but resulted in a defensive pass interference. A few missed fade routes in the endzone later (redzone struggles remain a problem with this team), and they're settling for a field goal instead of just getting the touchdown.
2015 Week 11 vs TEN (21 / 30 / 242 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Began the second drive sharp, hitting Walters down the seam and displaying some good pocket movement on short passes. Drive stalled out after a misfire on a corner route to an open Marcedes Lewis. Continues to Houdini a sack into a big scramble at least once a game. Fumbled on a QB sneak on 3rd and 1 that probably could have been whistled dead for lack of forward progress. Took a bad sack in the redzone on the final drive of the first half where he drifted backwards into pressure. He showed fantastic timing, trust, and placement on a post to Robinson on the first drive of the third. His interception in the fourth was an awfully placed pass - too far inside and right to the defender in Julius Thomas' hip pocket. He threw the game winning touchdown to Julius Thomas late in the fourth after Rashad Greene returned a punt to the five yard line.
2015 Week 12 vs SD (30 / 49 / 329 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
Bortles season and style of play can be summed up in two stats: he leads the league in pass completions over 20 yards, and the Jaguars rank 30th in the NFL in redzone offense. He has no issues moving the ball in chunks, but he and the offense as a whole struggle mightily to convert yards to points. The opportunities are there for plays to be made, but it's tough for this team to score on anything other than Allen Robinson fades and improvisation/scramble plays (two of which resulted in illegal forward passes in this game).
2015 Week 13 vs TEN (24 / 36 / 322 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
This was Bortles best game as a pro to date - not only statistically (5 touchdowns), but in his command and patience from the pocket. He made subtle movements to allow plays to develop and was not overly-dependent on improvisation. He was also tremendous in the redzone - all five touchdowns came in that area of the field.
2015 Week 14 vs IND (16 / 30 / 250 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 1 rush)
Bortles took some bad sacks in the first half, especially in the two-minute drill where he didn't notice a late blitzer and fumbled after the team had been driving downfield. He also contributed to spotting the Colts a touchdown when he dropped a slightly off target shotgun snap deep in his own territory, and the Colts recovered in the endzone. He hrew a touchdown pass on his first play of the second half, a beautiful corner route into a very tight window to Allen Hurns, where Hurns broke the tackle and took it 80 yards. With a corner underneath and a safety right over the top, this was a high-degree difficulty throw - one that most quarterbacks wouldn't even attempt. From there, Bortles was patient, accurate, and efficient, with his most impressive play being a strike to Rashad Greene after making multiple subtle movements in the pocket to buy time and find a platform to throw from. He scored his rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak after a Colts interception was returned to the one very late in the game.
2015 Week 15 vs ATL (23 / 38 / 297 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 44 / 1 rush)
Bortles had an up and down first half, with more good than bad until the final drive. He made several throws into tight windows to Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas and showed good pocket movement to evade some frequent pressure. Where he struggled was on 3rd down, and this was an all day issue as the Jaguars were unable to convert a single 3rd down all game. Unfortunately, he also overthrew a wide-open Julius Thomas deep that would have been a sure TD. He put together his best drive of the half on the final drive before going into the locker room, showing the ability to extend plays with his feet and find open receivers. With that said, once he got the team to the goal line he faltered with the critical mistake of the game, throwing a near pick 6 because he locked onto Marcedes Lewis the entire play. This would prove to be the biggest play of the game as he took away a potential 7 points from the Jaguars and gifted an extra 3 to the Falcons. Bortles was able to lead 2 TD drives in the 3rd quarter, one from the result of a goal line scramble for a TD and one as a result of a strike to Allen Robinson in tight coverage. The Jaguars offense stalled on after that though, and ultimately Bortles was unable to lead a game-winning drive due to inaccurate throws on 3rd and 4th down, one of them being a missed potential TD to Allen Hurns.
2015 Week 16 vs NO (27 / 35 / 368 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
The team got him started off with some easy rhythm throws. His first interception came off a deflection where the defensive back committed PI and ran through Allen Robinson and knocked the ball up in the air. His touchdown pass to Hurns on a slant route from the seven displayed great anticipation, throwing it between defenders as Hurns was coming out of his break. His second interception also came against targeting Breaux, as he threw into Breaux playing tight man coverage and jumping Allen Hurns' route. He also had an interception that wasn't officially on record - an underthrown two-point conversion Fade attempt to Julius Thomas. He did have a lot more success in the second half as he started targeting Brandon Browner as opposed to Breaux.
2015 Week 17 vs HOU (17 / 32 / 239 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bortles had one of his roughest performances of the season. The constant pressure and hits he was absorbing clearly got to his mental state during the game, as he began to press more and more each time the Jaguars got the ball. He showed some nice flashes of being able to avoid pressure and create positive plays in chaos but ultimately it was too much for him to overcome. Outside of a few chunk plays he was largely inaccurate or late on getting the ball out. He committed 3 turnovers. 1 fumble after being sacked and 2 INTs, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and the other at the end of the first half. Really the only positive plays that came out of his performance was when he forced the ball to Allen Robinson.
2014 Week 3 vs IND (14 / 24 / 223 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 30 / 0 rush)
Bortles finally got to see the field at the start of the second half. His first few passes arrived with erratic accuracy, but his poise on the field was impressive. He had one long scramble negated by a penalty in the backfield, but his first big play would soon come when he was forced to create behind the line of scrimmage on a well-defended bootleg play-action. Bortles reversed field and found his fullback down the right sideline who was wide open for a big gain. That poise was impressive until he was asked to throw the ball from his own end zone and took too long in the pocket. Bortles pump faked and gave the pass rush a chance to knock the ball free. His hesitation caused a safety. The safety was negated by penalty, but the play was worrisome for the quarterback. Although he was clearly better than Henne, Bortles wasn't playing well. His accuracy is a major concern and after the drive was extended by two separate penalties, he threw an interception to Vontae Davis on an underthrown sideline pass. Bortles did follow that up with a touchdown drive, but the score was largely a result of wide receiver Allen Hurns breaking tackles in the secondary before outrunning the defense to the endzone. That touchdown was soon forgotten about as Bortles threw a horrible interception on the following drive. While running into the flat, he inexplicably lofted a pass straight to Colts defensive back Greg Toler. Despite a late touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts, this display suggested that Bortles isn't ready to be effective during the regular season.
2014 Week 4 vs SD (29 / 37 / 253 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
There is no real comparison to make between Blake Bortles and Chad Henne. Bortles is so much better that you could almost argue that they're playing different sports. Bortles looked calm managing the pocket and locating receivers, but his ball placement was consistently a problem. Bortles forced his receivers to make a lot of difficult adjustments to the football. He didn't do that on his first touchdown pass, when he was able to locate his tight end wide open in the back of the endzone with an accurate touch pass. In the third quarter, he threw his first interception, a play that was a result of a poor decision rather than poor accuracy. For his second interception late in the game, Bortles stared down a receiver over the middle of the field and threw the ball straight to a defensive back.
2014 Week 5 vs PIT (22 / 36 / 191 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Bortles' first pass of the game should have been intercepted. He heaved the ball down the sideline when under pressure in the pocket, but the defensive back it went to couldn't catch the ball. Early in this game, the rookie quarterback wasn't showing off precise accuracy or a control of his velocity. He eventually threw an interception to Cortez Allen when he forced the ball to a covered receiver, while still underthrowing the ball. One of the most notable things about this performance from Bortles was his throwing motion. It was awful. He was dropping the ball to his hip and looping it around like Tim Tebow or Byron Leftwich. His accuracy suffered because of this and this could be noted on his second interception of the game. Bortles appeared to badly overthrow a curl route, so much so that the ball went to a defender covering a completely different route.
2014 Week 6 vs TEN (32 / 46 / 336 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 38 / 0 rush)
Bortles started this game very well. He completed his first five passes and threw a couple of those down the field. His one big play went to Clay Harbor and was a very impressive play both throwing the ball and managing the pocket. That positive play should have been ruined by a turnover though, as he threw a duck to the outside when his mechanics looked uncomfortable again. A Titans defensive back broke on the ball, but couldn't make the reception. That interception eventually came later in the game, during the third quarter when a defensive back was able to break on the ball ahead of Bortles' intended receiver again. Bortles made a lot of impressive plays in this game managing the pocket and some good decisions, but for the most part he is still struggling a lot with the quality of defenses during the regular season. His accuracy and mechanics remain his biggest concern.
2014 Week 7 vs CLE (17 / 31 / 159 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 37 / 0 rush)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have found consistency at the quarterback position, but unfortunately that consistency comes with flaws. Blake Bortles has continued to be a clear upgrade over Chad Henne, but he has also continued to be very inconsistent with his decision-making and accuracy. At least two of his interceptions in this game should be considered gifts to the defense as he made awful decisions and threw awful passes that made it easy for Buster Skrine and Tashaun Gipson to break on the football. Bortles appears to be getting worse the more he plays. The Jaguars may have beaten the Browns and they probably wouldn't have if Henne was still starting, but his negative plays are overwhelmingly bad and his positive plays are too few and far between.
2014 Week 8 vs MIA (18 / 34 / 221 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 48 / 0 rush)
The Jaguars are in a tough spot with Bortles. They'd likely prefer that he was sitting on the bench at this stage, but it's impossible to sit him down without creating an uncomfortable situation because they've inserted him into the starting lineup. Bortles opened this game by overshooting a wide open Allen Robinson in the end zone, before throwing two awful interceptions by the third quarter. The rookie quarterback's displays are becoming very repetitive as he continues to be inaccurate and make bad decisions.
2014 Week 9 vs CIN (22 / 33 / 247 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
After forcing a pass to a covered Allen Hurns with his first pass attempt of the game, Bortles threw the ball straight to Terence Newman with his second pass of the game. Fortunately for the quarterback, Newman badly dropped the ball. Bortles was struggling in this game and was fortunate not to be intercepted for a second time by Emmanuel Lamur. His first touchdown pass came in the third quarter, but it wasn't impressive as Allen Hurns was forced to adjust brilliantly to a badly underthrown pass. Bortles could have had four or five interceptions in this game, but the Bengals defenders obliged to help him by dropping passes. Hurns also pitched in, as his second touchdown reception was also a poorly thrown pass that the receiver adjusted to in the endzone. Bortles' only caught interception of the day came late in the fourth quarter when he threw the ball straight to George Iloka.
2014 Week 10 vs DAL (22 / 37 / 290 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Bortles made a good start to this game with smart, accurate execution on the first drive of the game. Early on the second drive, he was fortunate not to thrw a pick six when he led Orlando Scandrick to the football on a slant route. Despite his decent start, that near pick six was more telling for what was coming. Bortles' accuracy continues to be majorly problematic and it is stunting the Jaguars' offensive output.
2014 Week 12 vs IND (15 / 27 / 146 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
If Blake Bortles and Gus Bradley weren't tied together because the former is a top five draft pick at quarterback, the Jaguars would have to consider one of the top quarterback prospects in next year's draft with their top draft pick. Bortles simply isn't showing the flashes that he needs to show to counter the ineffective and at times awful play that he is putting on the field. The quarterback remains an impressive athlete, but his accuracy and decision making continues to cause major concern.
2014 Week 13 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 68 / 0 rush)
Bortles opened this game the way he opens most games, with inaccurate passes and poor decisions. He was noticeably slow in the pocket during the first half and should have been intercepted in the end zone late in the second quarter when he forced the ball into triple coverage. He did find Cecil Shorts immediately after that play for a touchdown, but that play was negated by a penalty. Bortles did lead the team in rushing with five rushes for 68 yards, but almost half of those came on an inconsequential run at the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Jaguars moved to some wildcat plays to push the offense down the field. Once in Giants territory, Bortles dropped a perfect pass over a defensive back down the sideline for Marqise Lee to catch a touchdown in the end zone. That was Bortles' best play of the game, while most of his other impressive plays came when he used his feet to run down the field. He continues to be a quarterback who needs a lot of work.
2014 Week 14 vs HOU (20 / 39 / 205 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Bortles came out throwing uncatchable passes on the first drive of this game, but followed that up with a more impressive second drive that ended with a touchdown pass. His touchdown throw wasn't overly impressive, as he forced a tough adjustment for Allen Hurns in the end zone, but Bortles did find Marqise Lee on a deep comeback route for a first down with an impressive throw. Bortles continued to have accuracy issues throughout the remainder of the first half, but he showed off an ability to extend plays and throw catchable, if not accurate passes to his open receivers. Bortles came out after halftime and struggled to move the offense. His accuracy issues were compounded by an awful decision late in the third quarter when he stared down his underneath receiver and threw the ball straight to Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. It was a back breaking play for the Jaguars as they had just given up the lead on the previous drive. Bortles didn't respond to that mistake, ultimately he checked the ball down to a covered receiver on Fourth-and-20 in the fourth quarter. Many will overlook Bortles' struggles this season because he is a rookie and his supporting cast doesn't have recognizeable names, but the quarterback position remains one of the biggest problems in Jacksonville.
2014 Week 15 vs BAL (21 / 37 / 210 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Bortles made a decent start to this game in terms of throwing the football, his receivers didn't help with some drops, but the rookie quarterback had his issues. He was forced to burn two timeouts on one drive in the first quarter and showed hesitation and bad decision making in the pocket to take bad sacks. Bortles completed a long pass to Allen Hurns on a post route late in the second quarter, that play was one of the best of his rookie season so far. However, for the most part Bortles' accuracy was helping to contribute to his receivers' drop issues and the overall limitations of the offense. The Jaguars were still able to move the ball relatively comfortably against the Ravens during the first half, but that said more about the defense than the offense. The second half came with more problems for the rookie quarterback. He was anxious in the pocket and showed off more poor ball placement on throws to all areas of the field. Bortles was intercepted on the final play of the game, but the turnover came when he had to heave the ball down the field on 4th-and-Long.
2014 Week 16 vs TEN (13 / 26 / 115 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 50 / 0 rush)
Bortles threw two of his first three passes to running backs behind the line of scrimmage. His third pass was dropped by Cecil Shorts, but was thrown wider than it should have been. That brought an end to the Jaguars opening drive. Bortles continued to play scared on the second drive, as he threw another pass to the line of scrimmage on third down to set up a punt. Bortles' cautious approach soon departed as he began to throw the ball down the field more. He connected impressively on a couple of occasions with Marqise Lee, before throwing an accurate fade route to Marcedes Lewis. To open the third quarter, Bortles led a touchdown drive with multiple impressive plays. He showed the ability to throw the ball down the field both from the pocket and in the flat. Jordan Todman's long touchdown run took away one of Bortles' series in the second half. On the whole, this was Bortles' best game of the season. His inaccuracy was still prevalent, but his decision making was good within the design of the offense.
2014 Week 17 vs HOU (14 / 33 / 117 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 61 / 0 rush)
Bortles started the game well, but a key drop on third down from Marqise Lee ended the first drive. He was using his legs to good effect both as a runner and a passer early, but he was fortunate to avoid a turnover when he never felt J.J. Watt's presence behind him in the pocket. Watt forced the fumble, but the Jaguars recovered it. In the second quarter, Bortles was fortunate to avoid a pick six when the placement of his pass on an out route nearly sent Jonathan Joseph to the end zone. Bortles' arm strength allowed him to just push the ball past the defensive back. On consecutive plays, Bortles had passes tipped at the line of scrimmage. It was notable that both players were up high as the ball arrived, suggesting they read Bortles' elongated throwing motion. On the following play, he threw a pass directly to a defender who dropped the certain interception. Bortles made some positive plays in this game, but for the most part he continued to struggle with his accuracy and decision making. Late in the fourth quarter, he missed an open receiver underneath on second down before running into a safety sack on third down.