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QB Blake Bortles - Los Angeles Rams

6-5, 232Born: 12-16-1991College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Jared Goff has been up and down this season but was great when he needed to be against the Saints in the championship. Goff over his last seven games has thrown for 216 yards or less in five of those games and has thrown for under 60% completion percentage in four of those games. The Rams offense has primarily evolved into a run-first offense setting up the play-action pass and is an offense that is designed to play with the lead. The struggles for the Rams in the passing game have been primarily driven by the lack of consistent options outside of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. The Rams desperately miss Todd Gurley's elusiveness out of the backfield if nothing more than to keep the defense honest with drawing safety attention over to the running back who is dangerous in open space. Josh Reynolds has been a deep threat for the Rams, but the second-year player has struggled with consistency for the Rams this season. This is a unit that will be critical in the outcome of this game as they need to get back to the high potent offense that we saw earlier this season. The Patriots secondary has been one that is a better unit than the stats show as they have been a victim of garbage time production in several games this season. This is a unit that has allowed the fifth-most attempts allowed, but have the fifth-fewest yards per attempt this season indicating that while teams throw a lot against them on a per-yard basis they are not efficient. From a talent standpoint, this is a team that is extremely dangerous as they primarily play a 4-1-6 Dime defense. This is a veteran unit led by Stephon Gilmore who has emerged as one of the top corners in the league and plays alongside the McCourty twins and Patrick Chung who have played a significant role in undrafted rookie J.C. Jackson's development this season. If there is a weakness on this defense, it would be how the inexperienced Jackson performs in the Super Bowl and he'll mostly matchup against Josh Reynolds, but will see some Brandin Cooks in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

17 at HOU 47 15 28 107 0 1 4 15 0 0 4.85

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Blake Bortles's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.


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