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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
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The Jaguars scored just 35 first-quarter points in 2015.
The mark was the second worst in the league. Despite the struggles early, the Jaguars managed to finish 14th in total scoring on the back of 26 second-half offensive touchdowns. 23 of those touchdowns came through the air, which represented almost two-thirds of Blake Bortles' scoring output last season. An improved defense should help Jacksonville stay in games, but they need to start faster on offense. An improved running game could help in that endeavor. Jul 26 - 9:39 AM

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Blake Bortles sought advice from Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer this offseason.

Bortles is hoping to avoid a letdown after putting together a breakout year in 2015. Bouncing ideas off two of the game's best is a good way to keep the ball rolling. "Aaron was awesome," said Bortles. "One of the things he said was, ‘Don’t try and score 21 points every time you have the ball.’" Palmer gave similar advice, imploring Bortles to "build chemistry and rapport" with his teammates. Bortles still has plenty of room for improvement. He led the league with 18 interceptions last year while completing just 58.6 percent of his passes.
Jul 17 - 9:02 AM

The Florida Times-Union expects Jacksonville to extend Blake Bortles after this season.

Bortles isn’t a free agent until 2018, but the Jaguars have a history of locking up players early. With the second most cap space in the league, there’s incentive for a new deal to get done next offseason. Bortles projects to regress from last year’s 35 touchdowns, but will eventually push for $20 million annually.
Jul 6 - 7:06 PM

Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the team plans to use more no-huddle this season.

"When we evaluated the end of the season, we thought one of the things Blake [Bortles] was pretty comfortable with was our two-minute package," Olson said, "so we’ve incorporated [more] of that." Bortles only attempted 35 passes from the no-huddle last season, but he averaged 10.4 yards per attempt and threw two touchdowns against zero interceptions. That is obviously a tiny sample size, but it is worth seeing if he can keep up that success.
Jun 4 - 12:19 PM

Coach Gus Bradley doesn't anticipate the Jaguars making big changes to the offense in 2016.

Blake Bortles is coming off a breakout year but instead of giving him more responsibilities, the Jaguars want to keep him at his comfort level. "I think the common thing for an offensive coordinator is to say, 'Okay, he understands it. Let’s add more,'" said Bradley. "That’s not what we’re going to do. I think that’s a big mistake to add more to his plate." Bradley said the focus will be "refining" the offense already in place instead of adding to it. Jacksonville's passing game was much improved last season and should take another step forward in 2016 with Allen Robinson emerging as one of the best wide receivers in football.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 2:24 PM

Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the team is "going to accelerate" Blake Bortles' development.

"You need to make sure [the offense] is tailored to fit the quarterback if you believe it’s your guy, if it’s not a turnstile," Olson said. "We’re comfortable with Blake Bortles. We’re going to accelerate his development." Bortles took a huge jump in Olson's first year as coordinator, throwing for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. Despite the growth, Bortles also tossed 18 interceptions, took 51 sacks and completed under 59 percent of his passes. There is still plenty of room for Bortles to improve, and he has the weapons around him to make the jump. Despite some likely touchdown regression, Bortles will be an upside QB1 selection next season.
Source: jaguars.com
Jan 26 - 1:24 PM

Blake Bortles has a broken left thumb.

It's in a cast, but it appears Bortles should avoid surgery. It doesn't sound like it will cost him any time in the Jaguars' offseason program. Bortles has suffered a ton of minor injuries through his first two years in the league, but hasn't missed a game since claiming the starting job.
Jan 5 - 1:24 PM

Blake Bortles completed 17-of-32 passes for 239 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Jaguars' 30-6, Week 17 loss to the Texans.

He also fumbled twice, losing one. Bortles' second pick was housed for a 27-yard score. It was a truly dreadful pass into double coverage. The game was easily the worst of Bortles' otherwise promising sophomore campaign. Bortles still has a long ways to go in the accuracy and awareness departments, but is a true playmaker, one who threw for a Jaguars record 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Bortles could be in for some fantasy regression in 2016 — an astounding number of the Jaguars' TDs came through the air this season — but his receiver duo of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns will help keep him locked in as a high-upside QB1.
Jan 3 - 4:32 PM

Blake Bortles completed 27-of-35 passes for 368 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the Jaguars' 38-27, Week 16 loss to the Saints.

Bortles also fumbled twice, losing one. 90 of his yards came on an Allen Robinson touchdown where Brandon Browner got embarrassed. Bortles did what was expected against the Saints' historically bad defense, but his own defense was even worse, while turnovers and drops eliminated any chance the Jags had of pulling out a road victory. Bortles has remained sloppy as a sophomore, but emerged as a genuine playmaker, and someone who reliably takes advantage of good matchups. It's been a very promising campaign on the whole. He has a tough Week 17 matchup in a resurgent Texans defense that has everything to play for.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 23-of-38 passes for 297 yards, a touchdown, and an interception and rushed six times for 44 yards and another score in the Jags' Week 15 loss to the Falcons.

Bortles sparked a two-minute drive at the end of the first half with a long run on a read option keeper, but he ended the drive with an interception at the goal line which set up an Atlanta field goal as time expired. Bortles bounced back to lead a touchdown drive to open the second half. He capped off the drive with a one-yard rushing score on a play action boot. It was his second rushing score in as many weeks. Following an interception, Bortles capped another easy drive with a 10-yard strike to Allen Robinson to tie the game. It was the last successful drive for Jacksonville. After two fumble-filled three-and-outs, Bortles took a sack, overthrew a wide open Allen Hurns down the seam, and saw a good fourth-and-10 throw dropped by Allen Robinson to end the game. It was a bad end, but he showed impressive pocket awareness most of the day and consistently made big plays escaping pressure. Bortles is a quarterback on the rise, and he will be a great play next week against the Saints.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 16-of-30 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 51-16, Week 14 win over the Colts, adding a rushing score.

Bortles and the Jags got off to the sleepiest of starts, but put the pedal to the metal after falling behind 13-3 late in the first half. Bortles found each of Julius Thomas, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns for scores, with Hurns' being a threaded needle that led to an 80-yard catch and run. Now up to 30 passing scores on the year, Bortles has 11 total touchdowns over his past three starts. He'll be a high-end QB1 against the Falcons in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 24-of-36 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in the Jaguars' 42-39, Week 13 loss to the Titans.

We had a good old-fashioned shootout on our hands after both offenses started slowly on the first three possessions of the game that featured three-and-outs. By throwing his Nos. 23-27 touchdown passes of the year, Bortles set the franchise record for touchdown passes. After the Jaguars struggled mightily in the red zone the previous few weeks, Bortles found Allen Robinson for three touchdowns inside the 10-yard line, and also hooked up with Julius Thomas and Rashad Greene for nine- and two-yard scores, respectively. It was probably the best passing display of Bortles' young career, as he was very efficient, completing two-thirds of his passes. Bortles will be back on the QB1 map next week at home against the Colts.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 30-of-49 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Jaguars' 31-25, Week 12 loss to the Chargers.

It was a nightmare game for Bortles for the most part, but the end stat line looks good. The Jaguars were horrific in the red zone, settling for a pair of sub-30-yard field goals early after Bortles committed a couple boneheaded penalties, throwing the ball not once, but twice, while well across the line of scrimmage in the red zone on third downs that he likely could have picked up with his legs. He saved his afternoon late with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to Julius Thomas and Allen Robinson. The 21-yard dart to Thomas was a beautiful throw down the seam. The Robinson one was a garbage-time toss from eight yards out. Bortles gets the Titans' pass defense on the road in Week 13. He's a QB1 due to the Jaguars' pass-happy ways in the red zone.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 04:43:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Jacksonville's 19-13, Week 11 win over the Titans.

He also lost a fumble when the referees dubiously failed to call forward progress. It was another shaky game from Bortles following last Sunday's dud, and snapped a streak of five straight multi-touchdown performances. Bortles was still much better than he was in Baltimore, hooking up with Allen Robinson for a few big plays while finding a wide open Julius Thomas for his score. Bortles briefly left the game with dehydration in the second half, but didn't miss any plays. Playing up-and-down football but generally getting his fantasy numbers, Bortles will be a QB1 against the Chargers in Week 12.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 11:42:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed just 22-of-45 passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Jaguars' 22-20, Week 10 over the Ravens.

In a cake matchup against a bottom-three pass defense, this qualified as a dud from Bortles, who'd thrown for at least 270 yards in 5-of-8 games this season. He should have thrown a pick-six that RCB Jimmy Smith dropped, but was also hurt by some dropped passes by his own receivers. Bortles' second touchdown pass, a 15-yard strike to Allen Robinson, was very impressive, as Bortles was on the move to his right and hit Robinson perfectly in stride in the end zone. His first score was an easy five-yard toss to Allen Hurns. Bryan Walters dropped an eight-yard score in between the two. Bortles will be a borderline QB1 on Thursday night against the Titans.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
3Brandon Allen
4Max Wittek
RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Chris Ivory
3Denard Robinson
4Jonas Gray
5Corey Grant
GLB1Chris Ivory
2T.J. Yeldon
3RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
WR11Allen Robinson
2Marqise Lee
3Shane Wynn
4Tony Washington
5Shaq Evans
WR21Allen Hurns
2Rashad Greene
3Bryan Walters
4Rasheed Bailey
5Jamal Robinson
WR31Rashad Greene
TE1Julius Thomas
2Marcedes Lewis
3Nic Jacobs
4Ben Koyack
5Braedon Bowman
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Luke Joeckel
3Rashod Hill
LG1Mackenzy Bernadeau
2Kadeem Edwards
3Tyler Shatley
C1Brandon Linder
2Luke Bowanko
RG1A.J. Cann
2Patrick Omameh
3Chris Reed
RT1Jermey Parnell
2Jeff Linkenbach
3Josh Wells
4Pearce Slater
K1Jason Myers