You may have noticed that the Jacksonville Jaguars are, as it turns out, good. They demolished the Houston Texans 45-7 on Sunday, improving to 10-4.
A lot of this has to do with the quarterback, who is Blake Bortles. Historically speaking, Blake Bortles has been trash, but with the Jaguars now leading their division and administering blowouts every week, it is fair to question whether or not that is still the case.
Let’s go to Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
Far be it from me to question the judgment of a professional like Clowney, but I have to point out nonetheless that his assessment may be a bit outdated.
Bleacher Report has a scout breaking this stuff down, and that scout doesn’t think Bortles is trash at all.
How is Bortles doing this? First, he’s excelling in play action, understanding that the Jags face more stacked boxes than any other offense when Fournette is in the backfield, per NFL NextGen stats. And every defense facing this team is reading run all the way. Bortles has developed a good feel for throwing quickly off the play fake, and he’s starting to dial up big plays downfield when linebackers and safeties cheating up off of run-action blocking.
In other words, he’s facing defenses that are daring him to beat them … but he’s beating them. He threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns against Houston, and he’s completed 65 of his last 91 passes for 903 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
So until further notice, Blake Bortles is no longer trash.