Just days after Thanksgiving ended nearly three weeks ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars played the Buffalo Bills up at New Era Field in upstate New York and that may have spelled the last time former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles took snaps under center as the starter for the franchise. Selected third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles was coming off a 52-42 Fiesta Bowl win, leading UCF to victory over Baylor.
The results after that magical season have been very like a roller coaster, going up and down many times. The Oviedo, FL native grew up locally near Orlando and became the sexy draft choice for the Jaguars seeing that Jacksonville and Orlando are separated by just a couple of hours.
After five seasons as the team’s starting quarterback, Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone decides to pull the plug on Bortles and has tabbed Cody Kessler as the Jaguars’ starter moving forward. With Kessler entrenched as the starter for likely the final three games, it begs the question will Blake Bortles ever see another snap?
The answer is unless Kessler gets hurt, it’s a hard no. Jacksonville was one win away from playing in the Super Bowl last season and much of the Jaguars’ management believed with Bortles at the helm as the game manager, along with a strong run game and stout defense, Jacksonville could ride that formula.
This season unraveled like no one else thought, as injuries to Jacksonville’s backfield, some questionable moves or moves not made in free agency and an underperforming defense, have all contributed to why Bortles and the Jaguars haven’t seen the same success like in 2017.
It was a cold day in Buffalo when Jacksonville ended up falling 24-21 and dropping to another new low. Bortles finished the day completing 12-of-23 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions. The turnovers have absolutely hurt Bortles in his five seasons in the NFL and no he’s left to ponder not if his last snaps in Jacksonville are behind him, but where will he end up next?