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.
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 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 Gus Bradley revealed Monday that QB Blake Bortles suffered a Grade 1 shoulder sprain in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. It's the least severe grade, and Bortles played through it yesterday. But a shoulder injury is always a concern for a QB. We're tentatively expecting Bortles to play against Houston this weekend, but we'll track his status over the next few days.
Jaguars HC Gus Bradley recently revealed that QB Blake Bortles was dealing with "dead arm" down the stretch last season. He experienced inflammation and had to cut back on practice reps. Bortles also suffered a toe injury in December that impacted his footwork. The injuries at least partly explain his ugly 50.4% completion rate and 4.8 yards-per-attempt average in the final 4 games. Bortles posted a 62.3% completion rate and 6.7-yard average in his first 10 games. Neither the shoulder nor the toe required surgery, and Bortles is at 100% heading to training camp. With a year of experience under his belt and an improved supporting cast, there's plenty of potential for a big leap in 2015. Bortles is an intriguing QB2 available in the final few rounds of drafts.
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports that Jacksonville has reached a deal with free-agent TE Julius Thomas, reportedly worth about $9 million per year. That sure seems like overpaying for a guy who has lost at least 2 games to injury in each of his 4 seasons. Jake Davidow of SportsInjuryPredictor.com pointed to the ankle Thomas fractured early in his career as a potential recurring trouble spot. Thomas has managed consecutive 12-TD seasons and will head into his age-27 campaign in 2015. We certainly expect a significant dip in his fantasy value moving from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, but the move at least helps the Jags QB by giving him another talented pass-catcher.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is dealing with a sprained left ankle and shoulder inflammation, according to HC Gus Bradley. He played through both ailments this past weekend and is expected to play against the Texans this Sunday. Bortles snapped his 9-game INT streak yesterday but finished with just 194 yards and 1 TD. He's a low-end QB2.
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