BLAKE BORTLES is the prototypical fashionable NFL quarterback.
He is a man-mountain at 6ft 5in, has a cannon for an arm and may run the ball in addition to virtually anybody his dimension – that he is ruggedly good-looking solely provides to the attraction.
It is no marvel the Jacksonville Jaguars chosen Bortles withthe third decide of the 2014 draft.
Him being a Florida native and school hero on the College of Central Florida solely cemented that call.
In 2013, Bortles led the UCF Knights to the AAC title – and the primary main bowl win in class historical past.
He was named offensive MVP because the Knights upset Baylor, the fifth-ranked crew within the nation, throwing 4 touchdowns and 301 yards in a 52-42 win.
- Led the UCF Knights to the AAC championship in 2013
- Named offensive MVP because the Knights received their first main bowl sport in class historical past, upsetting Baylor on the Fiesta Bowl
- No Three decide within the 2014 NFL Draft
- Notched a career-high 35 touchdowns and four,428 yards in 2015
- This season led the Jaguars to a successful season, divisional title and the play-offs for the primary time in 10 years
- Is on track for profession highs in completion share and QB score
Have a look at his profession stat sheet to date within the NFL and also you’s anticipate to see a younger quarterback who’s already a star within the league.
However that is not been the case, in any respect.
Bortles might have crammed up the stat sheet previously couple of seasons however the wins haven’t come – and the ugly errors have racked up.
He registered simply 11 wins in his first three seasons as his propensity for bone-headed selections value the Jags time and again.
Bortles’ rookie season had anticipated rising pains however statistically he was a monster in 2015.
He threw 35 touchdowns and practically four,500 yards and pundits anticipated that to be a breakout yr for the star, even when the wins did not come.
However final season he threw simply 23 TDs to 16 interceptions, costing the crew in important moments because the crew went simply Three-13.
Coming into this season, there have been rampant rumours that Jacksonville administration was near benching him for profession backup Chad Henne.
Throughout pre-season he was benched in favour of Henne, though the veteran could not maintain the job forward of Bortles.
The Jaguars, after years of shedding seasons that resulted in plenty of excessive draft pics, have been anticipated to compete this season.
They’d made plenty of massive free agent strikes in the summertime – and so they started to win.
Seven of their first ten, the truth is.
However the crew’s success early this season was largely credited to a dominant defence, arguably one of the best in all the NFL, and dominant rookie operating again Leonard Fournette.
As current as the beginning of December there have been headlines that learn how Bortles was ‘holding again’ his crew and quarterback was the ‘lacking piece’ for a Jags crew that will not do severe injury within the post-season with out one.
However Bortles has been a modified man in December.
In wins in opposition to the Colts, Seahawks and Texans, Bortles has thrown seven touchdowns for 903 yards and ZERO interceptions, undoubtedly appearing as the important thing man for the Jags.
Nonetheless, Houston Texans defender Jadaveon Clowney referred to as Bortles “trash” after their sport final weekend – not lengthy after Bortles had thrown three touchdowns in a 45-7 demolition.
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The win helped the Jaguars clinch their first play-off berth and winning season in 10 years.
Jacksonville have been Super Bowl dark horses all season thanks to their defence.
But if Bortles can continue his resurgence and lead a high-powered offence, no one will want to play the Jags come play-off time.