If the Jaguars had any sense, they would have drafted Deshaun Watson #4 overall.
If the Jaguars weren’t absolutely incompetent, they wouldn’t have picked up Bortles’ fifth-year option.
Unfortunately for Jags faithful, both of these scenarios happened, and they should buckle up for one more ride on the Blake Bortles experience.
Entering his fourth year, Blake Bortles has shown nothing to me or anybody else that should indicate his potential to be a franchise level quarterback at the NFL level. His mechanics are abysmal, often throwing with erratic feet and a windmill throwing motion to boot. Sometimes the ball even drops below his hip on delivery.
Bortles also has an instinctual ability to throw interceptions. In 2016 alone he threw two interceptions that bounced off his own players’ feet. Not only does he throw picks, but he also has a penchant for throwing pick sixes. In week 13 against the Broncos, Bortles threw a pick six to Bradley Roby which was the 11th of his 3-year career, giving him more pick sixes than his10 career wins. Don’t worry, he has since evened the score after a win against the Mariota-less Titans in week 16. His 11-mark is good enough for most all-time for a QB after three seasons, and he is now in the top-50 all time with guys who have played for 10+ years. One more pick six, and he will be tied with Tom Brady.
Double B also has some of the worst body language you’ll find on NFL grass. Bortles dropping his head, flailing his arms, or immediately trading in the helmet for the New Era ball cap has become a Sunday staple, and no one does it better.
With the amount of talent Jacksonville had on the team last year, it’s quite showing how much Blake Bortles held them back. His incompetence essentially took a team that had playoff potential to a last place AFC South team with a 3-13 record. Bortles also has blood on his hands with the firing of Gus Bradley. Bortles has potential to become the next great head coach killer.
The Jaguars got even better in the offseason, and have a defense that to me has makings of a top 5 unit. The offense has two fully capable receivers in Hurns and Robinson, and just gave Bortles top running back prospect Leonard Fournette.
I’m here to tell the AFC south that there’s no need to fear. Come hell or high water, Bortles will surely find a way to sink this ship, one pick at a time.