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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 236
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
Contract: view contract details

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Blake Bortles (wrist) is training "pain-free."
Marrone added Bortles is working with "no limitations." The quarterback said he would be ready to go for OTAs, and it appears as if he is on track to fulfill that promise. Bortles was given a three-year, $54 million extension last month. Mar 27 - 9:16 AM

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Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Blake Bortles "is not a place-holder."

"For everything he has been through and all of the things people say he can’t do, he has proven that he can do it," Caldwell said. "This wasn’t a decision where he’s going to be here for a year and we’re going to be keeping our eyes out." The fact the Jaguars owe Bortles $6.5 million guaranteed in 2019 seems to back up Caldwell's assertion, although that salary does contain offsets. Despite this "commitment" to Bortles, the Jaguars will likely look to add some young talent at quarterback.
Mar 1 - 10:38 AM

Blake Bortles (wrist) expects to be fully healthy for OTAs.

Bortles had wrist surgery last month, but he’s already resumed throwing. He should have close to a normal offseason and be ready for OTAs in April. The Jaguars created $9 million in cap space from giving Bortles a three-year extension. He’ll continue to be on the spot in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:02 AM

Jaguars signed QB Blake Bortles to a new three-year, $54 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

This comes after reports the Jaguars were exploring options to replace Bortles. The extension locks Bortles up through 2020, but Jacksonville will likely be able to escape the contract with relative ease as soon as 2019. Bortles' new deal is on the team-friendly side, placing him behind Ryan Tannehill in annual average. The Jaguars have a rising receiver tandem in Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole, and are expected to franchise impending free agent Allen Robinson, so Bortles should have an improved supporting cast going into 2018. The extension takes the Jags out of the hunt for Kirk Cousins, although they may still consider early-round quarterbacks in the draft.
Feb 24 - 7:31 PM

ProFootballTalk reports the Jaguars are "exploring their quarterback options" in free agency.

The Jaguars have Blake Bortles under control through 2019, but his fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury. Assuming he can pass a physical coming off wrist surgery, Jacksonville can shed his entire $19 million salary to make a run at a quarterback. The Jaguars have been linked to Kirk Cousins and may view the other top free agents as upgrades on Bortles. Things should heat up on Jacksonville's quarterback situation after next week's Combine.
Feb 23 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Blake Bortles had surgery on his right wrist last Friday.

He’s battled the wrist issue since the 2016 season. This makes things tricky for the Jaguars, as Bortles’ 2018 fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury. It becomes guaranteed on the third day of the league year (March 16) if Bortles is still on the roster. Bortles' timeline for recovery is unknown, but it seems highly likely it will put the Jaguars in a tough position. Bortles returning to Jacksonville would likely halt the rumors of the Jags acquiring Kirk Cousins or Alex Smith.
Jan 29 - 10:52 PM

Blake Bortles said he'd be "thrilled" to return to the Jaguars next season.

"I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here," said Bortles following Sunday's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "Hopefully that can happen." Bortles was a serviceable game manager for Jacksonville this season but remains the weak link on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Bortles' fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury, so Jacksonville could conceivably move on from him without any cap consequences. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith would be obvious replacements if the Jags decide to throw in the towel on Bortles this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Blake Bortles completed 23-of-36 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 24-20, AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Correctly viewed as the weak link of the Jags' roster, Bortles played one of his best games of the season when it mattered most. Managed and manipulated to near perfection by OC Nathaniel Hackett, Bortles stayed composed and aggressive for 60 minutes. Two of his best throws were lofted incompletions that narrowly missed. The loss was the Jags' first all season where Bortles didn't commit a turnover. Bortles was not the reason the Jags fell short in New England. Going on 26, Bortles is headed into the fifth and final "club option" year of his rookie contract. It's guaranteed for injury only. The Jags could move on without penalty. Improved quarterback play would have Jacksonville among the 2018-19 Super Bowl favorites.
Jan 21 - 6:18 PM

Blake Bortles completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 35 yards in the Jaguars' Divisional Round upset win over the Steelers.

He committed zero turnovers and took zero sacks. The Jaguars focused on the running game and high-percentage completions for Bortles, who handed off three times to Leonard Fournette for touchdowns and got his own on a 14-yard scoring pass to FB Tommy Bohanon. Bortles’ best throw came on a 45-yard bomb to Keelan Cole deep down the middle in the second half. After an abysmal showing in the Wild Card Round, Bortles rebounded for a much more composed performance supplemented by productive scrambles that kept the chains moving. The Jaguars now visit Foxboro for the AFC Championship.
Jan 14 - 5:12 PM

Blake Bortles completed 12-of-23 passes for 87 yards in the Jaguars' 10-3, Wild Card win over the Bills, adding 10 rushes for 88 additional yards.

Unspeakably bad as a passer in the first half, Bortles turned to his legs after the break. They helped key the game's lone touchdown drive, and left the Bills' defense scrambling for answers. It's lightning that's going to have an extremely difficult time striking twice in the Divisional Round against the Steelers. The Jags need to, and almost certainly will, make finding a quarterback their offseason priority.
Jan 7 - 4:19 PM

Blake Bortles completed 15-of-34 passes for 158 yards and two interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 17 loss to the Titans.

He now has five interceptions over his last two games. In order to pull off next week's Wild Card win over Buffalo, the Jaguars will need Bortles to play more ball-secure football. Expect a run-heavy approach from Jacksonville.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:51:00 PM

Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans.

"Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week." Sunday's game means everything for the Titans, and the Jags are coming off a humbling, sloppy defeat in San Francisco. Headed to the postseason for the first time since 2007-08, we are not surprised the Jags are treating Week 17 like a normal game. They can't afford to coast into January.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 32-of-50 passes for 382 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions and rushed five times for 31 yards in the Jaguars' Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Although this performance will be widely criticized by those seeking confirmation bias on Bortles following his previous month-long hot run, Bortles does deserve credit for rallying the Jaguars back in a game where their defense could not stop Jimmy Garoppolo and gave up a game-sealing 30-yard rushing score to Matt Breida. Bortles was also a monster in terms of fantasy scoring. He will get another favorable matchup in Week 17 against a Titans defense that Jared Goff just carved for four touchdowns.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' Week 15 win over the Texans.

He was rested in the fourth quarter in favor of Chad Henne with the Jags up 38-7. Bortles has made major stretch-run strides in an offense that has struggled to run lately and has embraced a pass-heavier approach. Bortles has capitalized with higher-efficiency passing, and he shredded the Texans from start to finish on Sunday. He hit Jaydon Mickens twice for red-zone touchdowns and Keelan Cole for his third. Bortles will remain a high-end QB1 streamer when the Jags face the 49ers next.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 03:51:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 18-of-27 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Seahawks.

Bortles did his damage in the third quarter where he completed all four of his passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The first score was an 18-yard corner route to Dede Westbrook that put the Jaguars up 10-0. He then followed that up with an on-target rainbow to Keelan Cole for a 75-yard touchdown for his second touchdown of the quarter. After that, Bortles was only asked to protect the lead, throwing just six passes the rest of the way. Bortles has made himself a solid starting fantasy option, posting 16 or more points in six of his past seven games with three straight QB1 scoring weeks. With Houston and San Francisco left on his fantasy playoff schedule over the next two weeks, Bortles is set up for a strong finish to the fantasy season.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:54:00 PM