It was fleeting, however there was a second within the not-so-distant previous wherein Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars have been thought-about “good.” Going into this 12 months, hopes have been particularly excessive as a result of Bortles’ wrist now not harm.
After the primary month of the season, the Jags have been Three-1. Then they obtained carved up so totally and so simply by Kansas Metropolis in Week 5 that your entire franchise fell aside and now Bortles, a former No. Three general choose, the previous face of the franchise, is saying he’s simply one other man round right here, man.
Sunday was Bortles’ first motion since Nov. 25, when he accomplished 12-of-23 passes for 127 yards in a 24-21 loss at Buffalo. That was the fourth time in a six-game stretch wherein he threw for fewer than 150 yards, and Marrone benched him and fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett the next day.
Bortles ended up finishing 5-of-6 passes for 39 yards and working 4 instances for 25 yards in what might be the final time he’ll play for the Jaguars.
“I don’t know. I simply work right here,” Bortles stated. “I signed up for 3 years so till these three years are up or till they let me go, I’ll play once they want me.”
So that is most likely it for Blake Bortles as a Jacksonville Jaguar and probably as a beginning quarterback.
Bortles had some massive video games this 12 months. He threw for 376 yards and 4 touchdowns in a Week 2 win over the Patriots, had 388 yards in a win over the Jets and 320 in a loss to the Colts. He had 430 yards in that loss to the Chiefs, however it got here together with 4 interceptions.
And that’s just about the Bortles story. Have a look at his “related gamers” record on Professional Soccer Reference, and also you get a reasonably good image. Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Josh Freeman, Marcus Mariota …
It’s too dangerous, actually. Bortles has been dumped on a lot throughout his profession, I hoped to see him put all of it collectively in 12 months 5. However as 12 months 5 winds down, it seems Bortles simply works there, and never for lengthy.