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Monday, July 2, 2018, 11:03am
Jags OC Nathaniel Hackett promised a different approach this season because of what they saw from QB Blake Bortles last year.
“We’re in a great situation, because a very good line, and we have very good running backs, which will allow us to run the ball,” Hackett said. “Now it’s going to allow us to be a lot more aggressive, because you can trust that Blake is going to make right decision more consistently.”
The story said the team went back to the beginning with Bortles because all he knew how to do was throw deep to Allen Robinson, the story said. But last year Bortles began to check down to RBs and change plays. The team feels this year he can take another step thanks to what is around him in the offense.
Posted by Bob Harris
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:17pm
Head coach Doug Marrone made it clear all offseason what Jacksonville expects from Bortles come September: A tangible uptick in play. "We're looking to see great improvement from him going into this next season," Marrone said in February, days after the team laced Bortles with a three-year, $54 million extension packed with $26.5 million in guarantees. This after shrugging off unexpected competition for the starting job last summer to playing with determined success down the stretch in 2017, guiding Jacksonville within a hair of the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, a strong rushing attack and some capable downfield threats should both create additional opportunities for Bortles.
Bortles underwent wrist surgery shortly after the season. He dealt with the issue since December of 2016, and was regularly listed on the injury report late last season, but he rarely missed a practice. He should have ample time to recover but look elsewhere if you want consistent fantasy production. As the Sports Xchange pointed out, when he was on (five games with a passer rating of 119.8 or better) Bortles was really good. But when he was off (five games of 60.3 or worse), the Jaguars either lost or had to rely on the defense to pull out a win. He had four games with more than 300 passing yards, but had four others with less than 160.
2018 Bottom Line
Despite the up-and-down play, Bortles finished last season as fantasy's 13th-best QB. That came after a pair of top-12 fantasy seasons (he was QB9 in 2016 and QB4 in 2015). You could do much worse as your QB2.
2018 Strength of Schedule - JAX
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||19.69||32.69||230.44||1.31||0.81||7.05||11.70||3.56||20.13||0.13||0.19||5.65||15.23||69.38/70.81||98.01% |