QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 232||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 22): Bortles was benched for Cody Kessler, and while the move might not be permanent, he's at risk of being benched in any given game going forward if he does start, pushing him to the bottom of the streamer list until this situation stabilizes.
General News (Mon Oct 22): will return as starting quarterback in Week 8, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said he believes Bortles gives the Jaguars the best chance to win.
General News (Mon Oct 22): was benched during the team's Week 7 game and replaced by Cody Kessler. Head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that the Jaguars quarterback position is "open."
Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
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 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 will start (Mon Oct 22, 04:29 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will return as starting quarterback in Week 8, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Our View: Here we go Jacksonville....again. Marrone said he believes Bortles gives the Jaguars the best chance to win. They paid the man this offseason to be their starter and now they'll roll forward with him through his struggles. The team could have a short hook for Bortles this week as they play the Eagles in London.
link to story Jaguars | Jacksonville mum about starting quarterback (Mon Oct 22, 03:20 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was not immediately named the starter for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Oct. 22. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters he has yet to make a decision and won't until he has a chance to speak to the team. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles struggles in Week 7 (Sun Oct 21, 05:52 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles went 6-for-12 for 61 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 7 before he was benched in favor of QB Cody Kessler. link to story Jaguars | Blake Bortles benched (Sun Oct 21, 02:49 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was benched during the team's Week 7 game and has been replaced by QB Cody Kessler. Our View: Will the Jaguars turn back to Bortles against the Eagles next week? Does it matter for the Jaguars passing game when it comes to fantasy football? Can the defense get their swagger back? The Jaguars season is in free fall.
link to story Jaguars | JAX unlikely to trade for another quarterback (Sun Oct 21, 10:49 AM) - The Jacksonville Jaguars do not plan to trade for a quarterback to challenge or replace starter Blake Bortles, according to multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking. Our View: Instead the team traded for a running back so they would have more options to keep their offense run-heavy. Bortles and the passing game aren't going to be central to the offense.
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