QB Blake Bortles has inked a 1-year deal with the Rams. After an up-but-mostly-down 5 seasons in Jacksonville, he'll spend at least 1 year backing up Jared Goff in Los Angeles. Perhaps spending some time under offensive whiz kid Sean McVay will be good for Bortles. He'll obviously hold no 2019 fantasy value barring a Goff injury.
The Jaguars have reached a 4-year deal with QB Nick Foles. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it's a 4-year, $88 million pact with $50.125 million guaranteed. That's obviously a pretty serious commitment. We'll see how long it takes Jacksonville to realize that the 30-year-old Foles isn't really an upgrade over Blake Bortles. Foles is a QB3 for common-sized fantasy football leagues, and he doesn't significantly enhance the outlook for Jacksonville's wideouts. Ian Rapoport reports that the Jags are expected to release Bortles once the Foles deal becomes official.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will start Sunday's finale against the Texans, HC Doug Marrone announced. QB Cody Kessler was timid and mostly ineffective in his 4 starts, completing 63% of his passes but averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and totaling just 1 TD. At least Bortles will take some shots. He's in play as a QB2 and cheap DFS tournament dart -- and also gives the Texans defense more upside.
The Jaguars benched QB Cody Kessler for QB Blake Bortles in the 2nd half of Sunday's game in Miami. Kessler completed 12 of 17 passes for just 106 yards and "led" his team to 7 points. We'll see who Jacksonville goes with in the finale, but it's irrelevant for fantasy football purposes.
The Jags have fired OC Nathaniel Hackett and benched QB Blake Bortles. Jacksonville sits 22nd in total yards per game; 28th in points per game. Hackett’s replacement is QB coach Scott Milanovich, whose background stems from the CFL and NFL Europe. Cody Kessler takes over at QB and figures to reduce the Jags’ turnover rate. He owns just 4 picks on 248 career attempts. Of course, it’ll be tough to trust any skill player not named Leonard Fournette down the stretch. Even then, Fournette will have to overcome the loss of top OL Andrew Norwell (ankle) to injured reserve.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Monday that QB Blake Bortles will start this weekend's game against the Eagles in London. Bortles was yanked in the 3rd quarter of yesterday's game against the Texans after losing a pair of fumbles. That (surprisingly) was the 1st time he'd ever been benched in-game. He figures to be on a short leash again on Sunday and can't be trusted in Week 8 fantasy lineups.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was benched in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He was 6-of-12 for 61 yards with 0 TDs and 2 lost fumbles in a little over 1 half of action. QB Cody Kessler is in for Jacksonville.
The forecast for today's Jaguars-Chiefs game calls for periods of heavy rain. The good news is that winds are expected to be only 6-7 mph. They aren't ideal conditions, but it's not enough for us to adjust our projections for these passing games. You might use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players, though.
The Jaguars and QB Blake Bortles have agreed to a new 3-year, $54 million contract with $26.5 million guaranteed. The organization has been lukewarm on Bortles (and rightfully so), but obviously thinks he's their best option for now. It's actually a relatively short and cheap deal for a starting QB -- and it reduces Bortles' 2018 cap hit by $9 million. It's possible this contract is structured so that the Jags can get out of it as early as next offseason, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them add a QB at some point during the upcoming draft. Bortles is at least locked in as Jacksonville's 2018 starter, though. As shaky as his play has been at times, he's finished as a top 13 QB in each of the past 3 seasons.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had surgery on his right (throwing) wrist on January 26, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bortles reportedly played the entire season with the injury after suffering it in December 2016. We don't have any details on the procedure or his timetable for return, but we'll monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
The forecast for today's Jaguars-Browns game calls for a 45% chance of rain with winds of 20-22 mph. That wind is a concern for the passing and kicking games, but hopefully you weren't relying on those pieces too heavily anyway. Both teams were already likely to go run-heavy here. We did move Ks Josh Lambo and Zane Gonzalez down the Week 11 Rankings.
Per multiple sources, Jags HC Doug Marrone will name Blake Bortles the Week 1 starter vs. Houston. It’s a minor surprise after Chad Henne started the Jags’ 3rd preseason game. Across 34 preseason attempts, Bortles has posted 206 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. He remains a poor bet to start all 16 games and continues to put a damper on pass catchers like Allen Robinson. Bortles is buried in our QB rankings.
The Jaguars announced that QB Chad Henne will start Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers. QB Blake Bortles will also reportedly receive 1st-team reps, but Henne looks like the favorite to be under center come Week 1. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.
The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran predicts Chad Henne will be under center for the Jaguars come Week 1. It's the fallout from QB Blake Bortles' brutal performance in Thursday night's preseason game. "This regime isn’t about the future, it’s about which players they feel give them the best chance to win in Houston on Sept. 10," O'Halloran writes. "They’ll take Check-down Chad over a quarterback whose confidence looks shattered." He also points out that playing Bortles exposes him to an injury that could guarantee his $19 million salary next year. O'Halloran even believes that Bortles could end up getting cut. He's obviously undraftable right now.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said of his team's starting QB spot after Thursday night's preseason game, "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it." That would mean Chad Henne could take the job away from Blake Bortles with better performances the rest of this month. Whether that's true or Marrone was trying to light a fire under Bortles, it's a bad look for the former #3 overall pick heading into his 4th pro season. Bortles is already going very late in fantasy football drafts, though. So this proclamation doesn't change much. Consider it a tie-breaker between Bortles and whatever other backup QB you're considering near the end of your draft.
If it wasn't already clear that the Jaguars are building around defense and the running game, the team's brass has made it clear recently. HC Doug Marrone was recently asked how many passes he'd like QB Blake Bortles to throw this season and replied, "zero." GM Dave Caldwell guaranteed NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that Bortles' attempts will drop from last year's 625. We currently have him projected for 512. Even if Bortles' efficiency improves in 2017, the likely massive decline in volume will hurt his fantasy production.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone told the team website that there's "no doubt" QB Blake Bortles has improved his throwing mechanics this offseason. Bortles spent time working with QB gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, and Marrone spoke with seemingly mild optimism about the effects. It's certainly too early for anyone to get excited, but any growth in Bortles' game would be welcome for the offense on whole and his passing numbers. We'll see how things look as workouts really get going.
The Jaguars have exercised their 5th-year option on QB Blake Bortles. That would pay Bortles about $18 million in 2018. Note, though, that the option doesn't become guaranteed until the 1st day of the 2018 league year. So the 2017 campaign remains make-or-break for Bortles in Jacksonville. The team helped him last week by adding RB Leonard Fournette, OT Cam Robinson and WR Dede Westbrook.
The Jaguars have named Doug Marrone their new HC. He served as interim HC for the final 2 weeks of this past season, leading Jacksonville to 1 of its 3 wins. Marrone's only other experience as an NFL HC came in Buffalo during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. He compiled a 15-17 record with the Bills, with those squads finishing 19th and 26th, respectively, in total offense. The 2013 squad led the league in rushing attempts and ranked 2nd in rushing yards. RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both topped 1,000 total yards that year. Marrone could bring a run-heavier attack to the Jaguars, who have ranked among the bottom 8 in run rate in 5 straight seasons. Marrone's biggest undertaking, though, will be fixing QB Blake Bortles.
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