Blake Bortles Ends Rookie Season On A Low Note

Oliver VanDervoort - Author

Dec. 28 2014, Updated 6:59 p.m. ET

Blake Bortles had exactly the kind of season NFL experts should have expected. Bortles, a rookie quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was thrown into the fire once it became obvious that the 2014 season was more about seeing what Blake could do than trying to win as many games as possible. That doesn’t mean the team wasn’t looking to win, but it was more important to see what the team had with Blake Bortles and see how many wins he could lead them to right out of the gate.

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At times, Bortles played very well, like in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals where he completed more than 60 percent of his passes and had two touchdowns and just one interception. At other times, Blake looked like a rookie quarterback who was simply too mistake prone and that is ultimately why the team finished 3-13 on the season. Blake Bortles showed some promise, but in the end, he finished with 11 touchdown passes and a whopping 17 interceptions.

Blake Bortles finished his season, quite frankly, looking like a rookie who was tired and beat up. In the final game of the year, the former UCF quarterback completed just 14 of 33 passes for just 117 yards. While he didn’t throw an interception, he also didn’t throw a touchdown, and his team dropped the game against the Houston Texans 23-17. Despite his poor overall performance in the season’s final game, Blake Bortles also nearly led his team to the come from behind win by using both his arm and his legs.

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The quarterback is more mobile than people give him credit for, and this came in handy in Blake’s rookie season. Bortles finished the year with 358 yards, including a season high 32 yard run on Sunday. As Fox Sports points out, the rookie also broke the rookie record for passing yards in a season, though he managed to do this just barely. He actually broke the record on the final drive of the game for his team.

It has been an interesting year on and off the field for the former Black Knight. The quarterback has been almost as well known for dating model Lindsey Dukes as he has for his exploits on the football field. Talk of their on again, off again romance has eclipsed talk of his performance from time to time this year. One thing is for sure. If the Jacksonville Jaguars ever want to return to being a team that is feared by others, Blake Bortles is going to have to step up his game.


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