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Blake Bortles | Quarterback

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 232
College: UCF
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Blake Bortles attempted just three passes of more than 15 yards in Sunday's loss at San Diego.
Bortles was in a tough spot for his first NFL start, so OC Jeff Fisch kept it simple. The No. 3 overall pick was asked to execute a ton of screens, hitches and short passes off bootlegs, which led to a strong 29-of-37 completion rate. But that's not really Bortles' game, as he's an aggressive downfield thrower and playmaker. Expect the chains to be taken off a bit in Week 5, when the Jags have a plus home matchup against a bad and banged up Steelers defense. Bortles will be a fine QB2 with a high floor thanks to his running ability. Sep 30 - 9:21 AM

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Blake Bortles completed 29-of-37 passes for 253 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

He added 24 yards on five scrambles. Although Bortles' playmaking ability was evident throughout Sunday's game, he dealt with too much pressure allowed by Jacksonville's offensive line and did not have the benefit of a consistent running game. The Jaguars are asking Bortles to shoulder the load for their offense, which is obviously a lot for a 22-year-old rookie. It is worth noting that OC Jedd Fisch is dialing up a lot of designed runs for Bortles. Consider Bortles an upside two-quarterback-league option when the Jags take on a weak Steelers defense next. Through six quarters, Bortles is 43-of-61 passing (70.5 percent) for 476 yards (7.80 YPA), and a 3:4 TD-to-INT ratio with four sacks taken. He's added 54 rushing yards.
Sep 28 - 7:17 PM

Jaguars.com's John Oehser expects the Jaguars to use "more read-option" now that Blake Bortles is the starting quarterback.

Bortles ran for 561 yards and 15 touchdowns in college, and had two rushes for 30 yards on read-option keeps in his NFL debut last week. Bortles' rushing ability mixed with his willingness to push the ball downfield gives him significant upside. He is own-able in most leagues, and could be on the QB1 streamer map this season.
Source: jaguars.com
Sep 27 - 11:23 AM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley named Blake Bortles the team's starter for the rest of the season in his post-game press conference Sunday.

Although Bortles threw two interceptions in the second half of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis, including a pick six, he did lead two touchdown drives and breathed life into Jacksonville's previously inept offense. Bortles finished 14-of-24 passing for 223 yards, two scores, and the two picks after taking over to start the third quarter. He added 30 yards on two scrambles. The Jags head to San Diego next. If Bortles plays well, he could appear on the QB1 streamer radar as soon as Week 5, when Jacksonville faces the Steelers' swiss cheese defense. He's worth grabbing in all two-quarterback leagues.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Coach Gus Bradley did not rule out starting Blake Bortles in next week's game vs. the Colts.

When asked directly if he'll consider throwing Bortles into the fire in Week 3, Bradley gave some coachspeak instead of saying no. "Right now, we've got a lot of things we need to correct," he said. "We'll take a look at that all on film." The Redskins crowded the box against Chad Henne on Sunday, giving up zero lanes in the run game and sacking him 10 times. The only reason not to make the move to Bortles at this point is protection concerns. We know he'll give the Jags a better chance to win games than Henne.
Source: jaguars.com
Sep 15 - 10:39 AM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he continues to see "positive signs" from Blake Bortles in practice.

Bortles has been working exclusively with the scout team, but has impressed with his footwork and ability to make all the throws in practice. He's carried over his strong training camp into the season. The Jags still plan to move Bortles along slowly, but he's going to eventually force his way into starts. Chad Henne held back the offense in the second half of Sunday's loss, and won't have a long leash if he continues to struggle.
Sep 13 - 7:45 PM

Blake Bortles started Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons, completing 4-of-6 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Bortles' score was a 57-yard strike to fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Bortles looked ahead of schedule all preseason, and finishes 32-of-51 for 521 yards (10.2 YPA), two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's looking less and less likely that the Jags will be able to follow through on their plan to "redshirt" Bortles this season. Starter Chad Henne simply isn't good enough.
Aug 28 - 6:57 PM

Blake Bortles will start Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons.

Bortles handily out-played Chad Henne this preseason, but the Jaguars are still treating him like just any other backup. Considering how shaky the Falcons' first-team defense is, Bortles should put on a show against Atlanta's 2s and 3s, putting even more pressure on Henne. Henne will be under center for Week 1, but it's going to be all but impossible for the Jags to stick to their original plan of redshirting Bortles all season.
Aug 28 - 4:36 PM

Blake Bortles completed 10-of-16 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

Bortles came off the bench at the end of the first half and led the Jaguars to a field goal. He played with the starters for the first time this preseason and didn't disappoint. Bortles showed good anticipation on his throws and was able to lead his receivers into open spots. He's 28-of-44 for 435 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions through three preseason games. Chad Henne remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's becoming clear Bortles gives Jacksonville its best chance to win.
Aug 22 - 10:29 PM

Blake Bortles received 7-8 first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice.

That was up from the three first-team reps Bortles took on Monday. The Jags are slowly bringing the No. 3 overall pick along while quietly avoiding the quarterback competition that went down in Cleveland. Through two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 for 277 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, good for a 96.9 passer rating. We'd be a little surprised if he's not starting games for the Jags by Halloween.
Aug 20 - 8:56 AM

Blake Bortles received three first-team 11-on-11 reps during Monday's practice.

It's notable because these are the first reps with the starters Bortles has taken since camp opened. The No. 3 overall pick has certainly earned them after going 11-of-17 for 160 yards against the Bears last week. Bortles is expected play in the first half of this week's preseason game, but will come off the bench behind Chad Henne.
Aug 18 - 4:00 PM

The Jaguars plan to give Blake Bortles first-team reps at Monday's practice.

He's also slated for first-team snaps in Jacksonville's third preseason game. "I think he’ll get some reps with the ones tomorrow," coach Gus Bradley said Sunday. "I know the plan was sometime during this week." The plan remains to start Chad Henne in Week 1, but Bortles may be able to change minds this week. The Jaguars face the Lions for their third exhibition game next Friday night.
Aug 17 - 1:42 PM

Coach Gus Bradley revealed Friday the team plans to let Blake Bortles spend a full quarter with the first-team offense in Jacksonville's third preseason game next week.

The Jags may be reevaluating their stance on "redshirting" Bortles after back-to-back impressive preseason performances. He's only worked with the twos to this point; the Jaguars will now test Bortles with the ones. Chad Henne has performed just fine on his own, but should be feeling the heat. If the Jags see that Bortles is truly ready to start in the NFL, we think they will play him.
Aug 15 - 1:14 PM

Blake Bortles shined in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, completing 11-of-17 passes for 160 yards.

Originally expected to enter the game after halftime, Bortles checked in with 3:35 left in the first half, leading the Jags on a 45-yard field goal drive. With the obvious disclaimer that he faced second and third teamers, Bortles looked better than any rookie quarterback has this preseason, making stick throws on the run while dropping dimes in traffic. Unlike the Jags' last rookie quarterback, Bortles was calm in the pocket, and scrambled to extend plays, not avoid hits. Chad Henne has played perfectly fine this preseason, but Bortles has looked every bit his draft pedigree. The Jags have insisted Bortles will redshirt all season, but sooner rather than later, there's going to be a controversy.
Aug 14 - 10:47 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Blake Bortles will get first-team reps "at some point" this summer.

"For me to say he’s not going to would probably be inaccurate," Bradley said in classic coachspeak. However, Bradley again intimated the Jags plan to stick with Chad Henne all season, claiming the team has "really rallied around" him. We'd like to take Bradley at face value, but Henne is not a starting-caliber talent, while Bortles has shown well thus far. At some point, there's going to be a controversy.
Aug 12 - 5:34 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Denard Robinson
3Jordan Todman
4Storm Johnson
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Denard Robinson
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Denard Robinson
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Marqise Lee
3Mike Brown
WR21Allen Robinson
2Allen Hurns
3Ace Sanders
4Tavarres King
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Clay Harbor
2Mickey Shuler
3Nic Jacobs
4Marcedes Lewis
K1Josh Scobee