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Blake Bortles | Quarterback | #5

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 236
College: UCF
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / JAC
Contract: view contract details

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Blake Bortles completed 23-of-35 passes for 241 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Jaguars' 27-17, Week 6 loss to the Rams.
Bortles was worse than the stats would indicate, uncorking more off-target passes than accurate ones. He gave the Jags little chance to win. His interception clanged off Marcedes Lewis' hands after Bortles led him too far. His touchdown was a screen where Chris Ivory did almost all the work. Bortles hasn't been close to good enough to deserve to keep his starting job, but Chad Henne wouldn't really improve the Jaguars' performance under center. The Colts are on tap for Week 7. Oct 15 - 7:30 PM

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Blake Bortles completed 8-of-14 passes for 95 yards and an interception in the Jaguars' Week 5 win over the Steelers.

Bortles was his normal up-and-down self early, hitting Marqise Lee for a long third-down conversion on the second drive and then missing a couple plays later on what should have been another. With the defense scoring two touchdowns of their own and the running game cooking, the Jaguars did not need much from Bortles, however, and he ended up throwing just one pass in the second half. Bortles will remain at best an option in two-quarterback leagues next week against the Rams.
Oct 8 - 5:18 PM

Blake Bortles completed 15-of-25 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown against the Jets in a Week 4 23-20 overtime loss, adding four carries for 38 yards.

Bad Bortles is back and a familiar culprit showed up when it mattered most. No quarterback has had more passes batted down than Bortles since 2014 with Jets defensive lineman Kony Ealy batting down three by himself today. He threw several wobbly passes even with a clean pocket, and resembled the preseason version that had everyone calling for Chad Henne. Bortles will be almost impossible to trust because he may get the hook against the Steelers next week.
Oct 1 - 4:51 PM

Blake Bortles completed 20-of-31 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns Week 3 against the Ravens in London.

Bortles started out strong, hitting Marqise Lee with a great throw down the right sideline for a 35-yard gain on the opening field-goal drive, and it only got better from there. Bortles looked comfortable against the formerly stingy Ravens defense, creating yards with his legs and consistently hitting the open man. His first touchdown came after a great play-action fake and nice throw to Marcedes Lewis, and the second was a strike in the back of the end zone to Allen Hurns. With the Jaguars in complete control, Bortles was only asked to throw seven times in the second half before being pulled in the fourth quarter, but he put a nice touch pass right on Lewis down the middle of the field for a third score shortly after the break and hit the tight end again on a fade route for his fourth touchdown on the next drive. It was a great performance from the embattled quarterback which should quiet any benching rumors for at least the next week.
Sep 24 - 12:06 PM

Blake Bortles completed 20-of-34 passes for 223 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while adding 29 yards on four carries Sunday in the Jaguars’ Week 2 loss to the Titans.

He also lost a fumble and was sacked twice for a loss of 12 yards. Bortles endured a dismal first half, completing just 5-of-12 passes for 41 yards before the break. His first pick came on a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage while his second came on a play where he missed Marqise Lee on what should have been a simple crossing route. The Jaguars usually do their best to hide Bortles but they had to lean on their passing game after falling way behind in the second half. Bortles salvaged his stat line by leading a pair of garbage-time scoring drives, but it was still a dreadful performance by the former third overall pick. He could be playing for his job against Baltimore next week.
Sep 17 - 5:10 PM

Blake Bortles completed 11-of-21 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 1 win over the Texans.

He rushed three times for 13 yards, didn't take a single sack, and didn't commit a single turnover. The Jaguars would love to play like this every single week; as a team, they threw 21 passes but rushed a whopping 39 times in a lopsided victory. Bortles did lose top receiver Allen Robinson (knee) early on, and his timetable is entirely unknown. Bortles will be a risky QB2 option when the Jaguars host the Titans in Week 2.
Sep 10 - 5:01 PM

Blake Bortles (wrist) is practicing in full for Week 1 against the Texans.

Coming off a brutal summer, Bortles will enter 2017 on the shortest leash of his career. He'll need to show well early on to maintain his distance from Chad Henne.
Sep 6 - 6:29 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Blake Bortles looks the "best I’ve seen him."

"I’ve seen him build on his last performance," Marrone said. "The footwork is better. It’s relaxed. I’m hoping to see that carry over because he’s actually done quite well." Bortles did look better in the third preseason game, but he was playing against backups in the fourth quarter. The real test will come Week 1 against the Texans.
Aug 29 - 9:55 AM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone named Blake Bortles his Week 1 starter.

What? Demoted behind Chad Henne before the third preseason game, Bortles did lead two touchdown drives against backups on Thursday night, but the realities of his slow release and inaccuracy did not change. It is also odd to very publicly demote a quarterback only to name him the starter days later. That said, Henne is clearly just a No. 2, and Jacksonville is not going anywhere with him under center. That is likely also true of Bortles, but maybe it makes sense to give him a chance.
Aug 26 - 8:53 AM

Blake Bortles completed 12-of-16 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

Bortles started the second half and looked better than in his other preseason performances. He led two touchdown drives but faltered on what could have been the game-winning two-point conversion, throwing an interception in the end zone. The first interception occurred on a poorly thrown ball into the middle of the field. It's unclear whether Bortles' performance on Thursday was enough to regain the starting job.
Aug 24 - 10:56 PM

The Jaguars did not release an unofficial depth chart in their game notes this week.

Instead, they listed question marks at quarterback and kicker. The Jags have lost confidence in Blake Bortles, who delivered an embarrassing performance Thursday night. There's incentive for Jacksonville to sit Bortles as his $19 million option for next year (which the Jaguars foolishly exercised) is only guaranteed for injury. With Chad Henne and Bortles battling it out at QB and Leonard Fournette (foot) injured, Jacksonville's offense looks to be in dire straits.
Aug 20 - 11:54 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero confirms Jacksonville's starting quarterback job is "wide open."

It's "not a forgone conclusion" Blake Bortles has lost his job despite a shaky preseason. Coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Bortles following Thursday's game, but the Jaguars haven't given up on him as their starter. Jacksonville isn't expected to pursue any outside options, leaving Bortles and Chad Henne to compete for the Week 1 job.
Aug 18 - 8:05 PM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes "it would make perfect sense" for the Jaguars to cut Blake Bortles this summer.

1010 XL Jacksonville's Hays Carlyon had a similar suggestion Friday morning. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles has melted down this summer, first experiencing a "tired arm" last weekend -- perhaps an excuse by coach Doug Marrone to see more of Chad Henne or not -- and then a rock-bottom preseason effort Thursday night. Bortles missed wide-open big plays, and even his completions were a chore. Bortles' 2017 salary is guaranteed, but the Jaguars can't let Bortles on the field and expose him to injury, which would guarantee his $19 million salary for 2018. Henne is the favorite to start.
Aug 18 - 11:10 AM

Speaking after Thursday's preseason game, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Blake Bortles at quarterback, and said he's competing with Chad Henne.

"It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense," Marrone began. "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it. ... (Bortles has) got to go earn it." Marrone refused to even shut the door on third-stringer Brandon Allen. They're the comments of a desperate man following a fiasco of a performance from Bortles on Thursday. Bortles seems to have regressed instead of progressed on his dismal 2016, showing stunningly awful ball placement while looking like a quarterback lacking for confidence. Henne was scarcely better, but Marrone could probably convince himself Henne is more manageable than Bortles' unwieldy motion.
Aug 17 - 11:30 PM

Blake Bortles completed 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards in the Jaguars' second preseason game.

Bortles didn't commit any turnovers, but he came awfully close on several occasions. He also flat-out missed Allen Robinson on three and arguably four big-play chances, incessantly under- and over-throwing the Jaguars' top receiver when Robinson had created separation down the sidelines and over the middle. Bortles was booed repeatedly by the Jaguars' home crowd. Dealing with shot confidence, we'd bet against Bortles starting 16 games this season.
Aug 17 - 9:19 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
RB1Leonard Fournette
2Chris Ivory
3T.J. Yeldon
4Corey Grant
GLB1Leonard Fournette
2Chris Ivory
3RB1Leonard Fournette
2Chris Ivory
FB1Tommy Bohanon
WR11Marqise Lee
2Keelan Cole
3Max McCaffrey
4Jaydon Mickens
WR21Allen Hurns
2Arrelious Benn
3Jaelen Strong
WR31Keelan Cole
TE1Marcedes Lewis
2Ben Koyack
3James O'Shaughnessy
LT1Cam Robinson
2Josh Wells
LG1Patrick Omameh
2Josh Walker
C1Brandon Linder
2Tyler Shatley
RG1A.J. Cann
2Chris Reed
RT1Jermey Parnell
2William Poehls
K1Josh Lambo