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Blake Bortles | Quarterback

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 232
College: UCF
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Blake Bortles completed 20-of-29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's third preseason game.
He added four carries for 38 yards. Bortles made some nice throws to Allen Hurns, including a 13-yard play-action touchdown. He would have had another touchdown, but Allen Robinson dropped a pass in the end zone. Bortles has put together a solid preseason, competing 39-of-60 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown through three games. Bortles has potential as a streaming option in redraft leagues. Aug 28 - 10:42 PM

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Blake Bortles completed 8-of-16 passes for 98 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions. It was a night of ups and downs for the second-year signal caller. Bortles had a couple of good connections with Allen Robinson including a simple crossing route that went for 36 yards. Of course, he also misfired on a number of throws and seemed to panic when the Giants brought heavy pressure. He fumbled once but the Jaguars recovered and actually picked up yards on the play. Bortles will have another crack at it next week against the Lions.
Aug 22 - 9:07 PM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell said the difference between Blake Bortles from last year to this year is "night and day."

Bortles himself acknowledged that he feels "more normal" this offseason. The 23-year-old went through some growing pains as a rookie but has worked hard to improve his throwing mechanics. The additions of red zone monster Julius Thomas and every down back T.J. Yeldon should take some of the pressure off Bortles in year two. He's a low-end fantasy QB2, albeit with sneaky upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 9:36 AM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell says Blake Bortles suffered from "dead arm" as a rookie.

Bortles spent time late in the season on the injury report with a shoulder issue, and Caldwell says it gave way to a "dead arm" phase, a la a pitcher in baseball. It's not something you typically hear about in football, but we suppose it could happen to a rookie. By nearly every account — including Caldwell's — Bortles has improved his mechanics this offseason. A dual-threat who even the Jags admitted needed a "redshirt" year before taking over for an ineffective Chad Henne, Bortles has the ability to take a big step forward in 2015.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 6:27 PM

Blake Bortles said he's aiming for a $100 million contract.

"That’s the goal," said Bortles. "I try and get better each and every day and why not make a career out of this, not a job? I want to be here long term and do as much as I can to make this team better and have a blast doing it." Bortles' current focus should be on winning games, not increasing the size of his bank account. The 23-year-old has a long way to go to earn a nine-figure contract. Bortles reportedly worked hard to improve his mechanics this spring, though we won't know if the changes took hold until the regular season.
Jun 10 - 10:06 AM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he's noticed an improvement in Blake Bortles' mechanics.

Bortles, who posted some of the worst statistics a quarterback can have as a rookie, worked with famous throwing coach/quarterback guru Tom House this offseason. His footwork and motion appear improved as he's shed about 18 pounds. The highly athletic Bortles will also be surrounded by more talent this year in the form of tight end Julius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon. He's not an option even in two-QB leagues yet, but there's at least a sliver of hope here.
May 28 - 8:25 AM

Blake Bortles worked on his mechanics with quarterback guru Tom House in the offseason.

House has a number of clients, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Tim Tebow. "Tightening mechanics," Bortles said in explaining what House did for him. "Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that." Bortles has a laundry-list of things he needs to improve on in year two, and near the top of it is his mechanics. Coming off a shaky rookie season that drew Jake Locker, Josh Freeman, and Vince Young comps, the Jaguars are doing everything they can to improve Bortles' supporting cast.
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

Blake Bortles says he was "kind of fat" as a rookie.

Bortles was apparently tipping the scales at 250 by the end of the season after weighing 232 at last year's Combine. He's now down to 238, and says he's reduced his body fat from 17 to 10 percent. Conditioning is one of many things Bortles must improve on as a sophomore.
Apr 21 - 1:16 PM

Coach Gus Bradley saw progress from Blake Bortles over the final month and a half of his rookie season.

"The last five to six games, he picked it up," Bradley said. "It’s our job to get even more talent around him." Most film watchers believe Bortles crumbled as the season went on, and it shows in his stats. Weeks 1-8, Bortles completed 63.5 percent of his passes, averaged 6.6 YPA, took 17 sacks, and had a 6:12 TD:INT ratio. While he cut down on the turnovers Weeks 9-17, sporting a 5:5 TD:INT clip, Bortles completed just 55.4 percent of his throws, averaged 5.5 YPA, and absorbed a whopping 38 sacks. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell opined the Jaguars need to start all over with the basics with last year's No. 3 overall pick. Bortles held onto the ball far too long as a rookie. The additions of RT Jermey Parnell, TE Julius Thomas, and a healthy Allen Robinson should help the cause.
Mar 25 - 8:59 AM

While watching film from last season, Yahoo!'s Greg Cosell noticed Blake Bortles "lost his technique."

According to Cosell, Bortles struggled with his release, causing him to lose "velocity and accuracy." He also struggled with recognition, particularly against zone coverage. Cosell made sure to point out Jacksonville's subpar pass protection played a major role in Bortles' struggles. He also said these were common mistakes for a rookie. Assuming the line play improves and Bortles works on his fundamentals, Jacksonville should be more competitive in 2015. Getting Justin Blackmon back from suspension wouldn't hurt either.
Feb 12 - 9:34 AM

New Jaguars OC Greg Olson isn't looking to curtail Blake Bortles' scrambling.

Bortles was walloped for an obscene 55 sacks as a rookie, many of which were the result of Bortles holding onto the ball too long. "When a play does break down protection-wise and you have a guy that can go get yards, you don't want to discourage it," Olson said. "There is a time to make something happen with your feet. For other quarterbacks, that's not part of their makeup. That's a strength of Blake's and we want him to continue to utilize that." Olson isn't wrong, but improving Bortles' pocket awareness will be a must. It's a task that's always easier said than done.
Feb 5 - 5:01 PM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan expressed support for first-year QB Blake Bortles.

"I love Blake, and I think he’s a key building block moving forward," Khan said, adding he sees new OC Greg Olson as the person to "unlock" Bortles' potential. Bortles' poor play contributed to the firing of OC Jedd Fisch, and it seems Olson and new QBs coach Nathaniel Hackett were brought in for the express purpose of developing Bortles. That could be easier said than done, as Bortles struggled with decision-making and inaccuracy. Bortles does have a ton of natural talent, and the likely return of Justin Blackmon would bolster his receiver corps. The good news is Bortles can only get better than he was as a rookie.
Jan 31 - 9:16 AM

NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believes Blake Bortles "got into some bad habits" as a rookie, and the Jaguars "probably need to start over with him with the basics."

This was the fear when Bortles was coming out of UCF. He was extremely raw, drawing comparisons from as low as Jake Locker to as high as Andrew Luck. He looked like a Locker clone as a rookie, showing plus athleticism with long bouts of inconsistent accuracy. New Jaguars OC Greg Olson has a strong background in developing quarterbacks, and he gets yet another project in Bortles. The 23-year-old should benefit from a full offseason.
Jan 21 - 1:43 PM

Blake Bortles completed just 14-of-33 passes for 117 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 23-17, Week 17 loss to the Texans.

He ends the season having completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 2,908 yards and an 11:17 TD:INT ratio, adding 419 yards rushing. Bortles started his rookie season as the backup to Chad Henne, but after Henne struggled badly to move the offense the first 2.5 games, Bortles was inserted under center. He proved to be extremely raw, tossing picks all over the place and taking sacks at will. Bortles got better to close out the year, but he’s going to need to take another major step forward. He was Pro Football Focus’ worst quarterback of 2014 by a large margin, behind guys like Derek Carr and Geno Smith. Bortles is a lock to keep the starting job, obviously. He won’t enter next season as anything more than a low-end QB2.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 21-13, Week 16 win over the Titans, adding five rushes for 50 yards.

Bortles' sprained foot was not an issue. In the merciful end to an unimpressive slate of Thursday night games, Tennessee and Jacksonville put on a reasonably good show. Bortles got off to a painfully slow start, completing just four passes for 10 yards through the Jags' first four drives. He never exactly got in a groove, but finally started driving the ball and sustaining drives. He took "just" four sacks four days after getting walloped for eight by the Ravens. Bortles committed a fumble, but the Jags recovered. Bortles hasn't put a lot of positive things on tape, but has had abysmal protection and a revolving door at running back, receiver and tight end. The jury remains out.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
3Stephen Morris
RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
3Bernard Pierce
4Storm Johnson
5Corey Grant
GLB1T.J. Yeldon
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
FB1Toby Gerhart
WR11Allen Robinson
2Rashad Greene
3Neal Sterling
4Kasey Closs
5Arrelious Benn
WR21Allen Hurns
2Marqise Lee
3Tony Washington
4Bryan Walters
WR31Marqise Lee
TE1Julius Thomas
2Marcedes Lewis
3Clay Harbor
4Ben Koyack
5Nic Jacobs
K1Jason Myers