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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 239
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
Contract: view contract details

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Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.
Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert. Feb 24 - 4:03 PM

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Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.
Feb 24 - 11:43 AM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell believes the team "can win a Super Bowl" with Blake Bortles at quarterback.

Let the Bortles reclamation project commence. "I think the future is bright for him," Caldwell said. "I have a lot of confidence in him. I know he has the makeup in terms of intelligence, competitiveness, hard work, effort, so if he has those things I think the rest of it will come." Caldwell did add Bortles "needs to improve" to reach that goal, which seems like an understatement given what he put on tape in 2016, but he is still a young quarterback who had a solid season as a sophomore. These comments plus EVP Tom Coughlin calling Bortles "our quarterback" suggest the Jaguars will pick up his fifth-year option this spring.
Jan 26 - 1:00 PM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin said, "Blake Bortles is our quarterback."

Considering Coughlin has "final say" on all decisions inside the organization, this statement suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option this offseason. Still, it would not be a bad idea for the front office to keep one eye on the future at quarterback. Depending on how they feel about 2016 sixth-rounder Brandon Allen, the Jaguars could decide to snag another developmental prospect in the draft this year.
Jan 12 - 10:14 AM

Blake Bortles said he will spend around 10 weeks working on his mechanics with Adam Dedeaux this offseason.

Bortles brought in Dedeaux to work with him during the season, but mechanical changes are difficult to make while the bullets are flying. Bortles did have success changing his delivery before the 2015 season, and he delivered a career year as a result. As for what he plans to work on, Bortles said footwork will be his primary concern, believing a quicker stride will help shorten his elongated release.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 9:43 AM

Blake Bortles said he played through "two shoulder separations" and wrist tendonitis this season.

In other words, "this is why I was bad." Every NFL player, quarterbacks included, plays through injury during the season. Bortles was at times noticeably bothered by his shoulder, but it's not why he regressed so sharply on 2015. That would be his mechanics. Bortles' health won't matter much if he can't clean up his throwing motion.
Jan 2 - 2:14 PM

Blake Bortles completed 25-of-39 passes for 301 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 24-20, Week 17 loss to the Colts.

Bortles lost a pair of fumbles. One year after throwing for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards, Bortles finishes with 23 and 3,905, respectively. He generated 26 total scores, turning the ball over a whopping 22 times. Bortles endured multiple prolonged slumps, at some points looking like the worst quarterback in the league. He did finish the year on a high note under interim coach Doug Marrone, throwing for 626 yards while posting a 2:0 TD:INT ratio in two starts. Bortles' main issue is his throwing motion, which is sometimes sub-Tebow. He's also seemed to lack for confidence. Turning 25 in April, Bortles will be on the spot, and a short leash, in 2017.
Jan 1 - 4:39 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports it is "common knowledge" GM Dave Caldwell believes Blake Bortles is a franchise quarterback.

Caldwell has said the next coach will not have a "mandate" to stick with Bortles, but Mortensen reports one factor which could keep the top coaching names from considering the Jaguars is Caldwell's commitment to the 2014 No. 3 overall pick. Caldwell will reportedly lead the search for the new coach, but he was not in the room when Shad and Tony Khan met with Tom Coughlin earlier this week. If the Jaguars can attract a big enough name who wants some roster control, it is possible Caldwell's commitment to Bortles costs him his job.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Blake Bortles completed 26-of-38 passes for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 16 win over the Titans.

He rushed three times for seven yards and also caught a throwback touchdown pass from Marqise Lee. Bortles has consistently played the Titans well historically and was outstanding on Sunday, getting hot with Allen Robinson (147 yards) and finding Lee for his early-game score. The Jaguars rallied around interim coach Doug Marrone in this 38-17 upset win. They'll close out the 2016 season with a Week 17 road trip to Indianapolis.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone said he is "sticking with" Blake Bortles.

GM Dave Caldwell said Monday there will be no "mandate" for the team's next coach to stick with Bortles, but the interim option will allow him to start the final two games. Bortles has been a train wreck this season, and it is not a given the Jaguars pick up his fifth-year option, although the option is guaranteed for injury only. Jacksonville has several important decisions they will need to get right this offseason.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:20:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said there will be no "mandate" for the team's new coach to stick with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but that he "still (believes) in Blake."

The reality is, Caldwell couldn't really say anything different, and that Bortles will almost certainly be under center at the start of next season. (He's starting the final two games this season.) Caldwell's comments do indicate that Bortles is losing the benefit of the doubt, and that 2017 will be a make-or-break year. Bortles' game has become an absolute mess, with his mechanics needing to be reworked from the ground up. Those kind of reclamation projects are rarely successful.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:09:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 12-of-28 passes for 92 yards with one interception and rushed twice for -5 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Jaguars' Week 15 loss to the Texans.

He was also sacked twice for a loss of nine yards. It was an ugly game for both offenses and Bortles' stat line reflects this. The Jags lost two of their starting offensive linemen during the game, which had Bortles running for his life. He was hounded all day by Jadeveon Clowney, who dropped him for a sack during the first half. Bortles’ longest completion went all of 15 yards. He ended the Jags’ comeback hopes with a miserable interception on a pass intended for Allen Robinson late in the fourth quarter. The third-year signal-caller has now finished under 200 yards passing in three of his last four games. He has a better matchup against the Titans next week, but is still a tough sell as a QB2.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 23-of-37 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 14 loss to the Vikings.

He added 13 rushing yards and didn't commit any turnovers, but did take four sacks. Still, this was a step forward for Bortles in what so far has been lost year. Marqise Lee has emerged as Jacksonville's top receiver and Bortles is taking advantage. Bortles does get a difficult matchup next against a solid Texans pass defense that hit Andrew Luck repeatedly on Sunday.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 19-of-42 passes for 181 yards and two interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 13 loss to the Broncos.

His lone positive contribution was a 22-yard rushing score in the second half. Bortles threw the 11th pick six of his career to Broncos RCB Bradley Roby on a pass intended for Allen Robinson. Both of Bortles' picks were intended for Robinson, in fact. Bortles will continue to be a rushing- and garbage-time-dependent QB2 in Week 14 against the Vikings' shutdown pass defense.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and rushed eight times for 81 yards in the Jaguars' Week 12 loss to Buffalo.

Jacksonville's passing attack was a disaster in this game, as no pass catcher cleared 40 yards. Bortles still emerged with a usable fantasy week with touchdown passes to Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, and repeated rushing exposures of the Bills' man-coverage defense. Bortles will face another man-coverage defense in Week 13. Unfortunately, it belongs to the Broncos.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:39:00 PM