QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 15: vs Washington Redskins
FBG says: Good matchup. The Jaguars are likely done with Blake Bortles, and as expected, Cody Kessler has provided thoroughly mediocre relief over his two starts. Kessler was strictly a game manager in a slugfest win over the Colts in Week 13, then struggled to play catch-up in losing to the Titans last Thursday. A true backup with a limited skillset, Kessler is no more suited to taking charge with the pass than Bortles. He's not turning the ball over as much, but has produced just 5.6 yards per attempt over 3 appearances for the Jaguars. Kessler is easily stymied by the pass rush, taking 11 sacks over just 108 dropbacks, and has almost no downfield element to his game. His presence is no boost for the fantasy value of his receivers, either. Last week, with the Jaguars trying to rally, Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook each drew 10 targets - but managed just 135 yards and 1 touchdown with them. The Jaguars will continue to hope Kessler and the passing game aren't needed to win, which could well be the case Sunday. But if they can successfully control the game with running and defense, there likely won't be much chance for Kessler and his receivers to produce. This is a strictly hands-off unit for fantasy purposes. The Washington pass defense remains a subpar unit, one that's fallen off in recent weeks and become extremely friendly to opposing passers. They've allowed 5 of the last 7 quarterbacks they've faced to top 285 yards through the air, and even Eli Manning was on pace to hit that mark before last Sunday's game turned blowout. Opponents are completing 67% of their throws in this matchup at 6.8 net yards per attempt, 10th-most in football. The pass rush is pulling its weight, with 34 sacks coming from a wide variety of bodies. But the secondary remains a major sore spot, frequently losing one-on-one matchups and allowing long receptions. Cornerback Fabian Moreau has been a bright spot, but Josh Norman is showing his limitations as a cover man at age 30, losing downfield too often. It doesn't help that the team's best 2018 performer, Quinton Dunbar, is now on injured reserve. This remains a shaky group, and it now faces a depth issue at cornerback, with inconsistent rookie Greg Stroman now pressed into heavy snaps. Cody Kessler may not be the quarterback to take advantage, but he's in good position to post a decent line against this underachieving unit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Blake Bortles's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 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 ñ a catch and throw fade to Donte Moncrief down the right sideline that he placed perfectly over Moncrief's shoulder.
2018 Week 3 vs TEN (21 / 34 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Started off the first drive nice, completed first two passes both for 1st downs. After his second completion, he took a delay of game penalty changing the play at the LOS and everything was downhill from there. Took a sack on the next play. Drive ended in a punt following 3rd and 14. 3 and out next drive - protection issues. Airmailed an easy out route to an open Cole on 3rd and 3 next drive. Cole killed him with two key drops on good passes in the first half. First two passes coming out of halftime batted down by DL. Converted 3rd and 10 on a Pop pass to Westbrook vs a blitz. Drive eventually stalled out on a poor throw to an open Cole on a crosser on 3rd and 4. Got more involved as a runner in the second half. Positive in terms of some yardage outcomes, but with the protection failing over the course of the 2nd half it also led to sacks.
2018 Week 2 vs NE (29 / 45 / 377 / 4 / 1 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)
This was the best game that Bortles has played in a Jaguars uniform to date. He started the game with rhythm and accuracy and coupled it with good decision making to lead the Jaguars to a rout after throwing a touchdown on the first drive. He continues to use his legs well, picking up at least two key conversions on scrambles and putting his total yardage on the day to over 400. He had two bad throws in this game - both coming on the same look. The first bad throw of the game was an In Cut to Keelan Cole where Cole was double-covered, but the ball was still put where only Cole could get a hand on it (although Cole did tip it up into the air for a potential interception). His interception came on a very similar play to the Cole tipped pass, except this time Sefarian-Jenkins was the target and tipped the ball up for an interception (he was, however, more open that Cole was on his tip). Overall though, he came off of his primary in this game and got through the progression instead of staring his man down. He rewarded the coaching staff's aggressive approach, capping the two-minute drill at the end of the first half with a touchdown pass with just 0:09 left in the half - a stark contrast to the team taking knees and into halftime in the AFC Championship game. He opened the third quarter up with a 7 minute drive that led to a field goal, essentially eating 10 minutes of gametime and scoring 10 offensive points between New England possessions. Rebounded after his interception by throwing the game-sealing touchdown on a catch-and-run to Dede Westrbook.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (18 / 33 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 42 / 0 rush)
Bortles' rhythm, timing, accuracy were all good on the opening drive. He is comfortable early in games when the offense is working off of it's script. Vertical targets to Donte Moncrief were a black hole ñ resulting in wasted downs on shot plays (at best) with the worst outcome being a Janoris Jenkins interception. Bortles showed great placement on a touchdown Corner route target to Sefarian-Jenkins that was nullified by an offensive line penalty. He was almost intercepted by Jenkins again on the next play, as Jenkins undercut a corner route intended for Niles Paul. Jenkins' deflection almost went for a touchdown, as Paul almost made the catch after the ball popped up in the air. With better trajectory on this throw, he actually could have given Paul an opportunity at an over-the-shoulder catch. His biggest play of the game came in the second half, when he got the Jaguars offense out from the shadow of their own goalpost on a 41 yard RPO keep down the left sideline. Like with all of the Jaguars' second half drives, however, the series ended with a punt after a skipped pass and a false start left the drive with an insurmountable 3rd and 13.
Latest NewsJaguars | Blake Bortles unlikely to return in 2019 (Sat Dec 8, 01:31 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is expected to be released following the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Our View: Bortles should catch on elsewhere as a backup. The Jaguars were able to open up cap room by signing him to an extension last year, but they will carry 16.5 million in dead cap next year as they guaranteed part of his 2019 salary and spread out the 15 million dollar signing bonus hit over the duration of the three-year contract.
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