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ESPN on Blake Bortles: The good, bad, and ugly

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Blake Bortles is one of the highest variance quarterbacks in the game. He's boom or bust to a tee. And so when ESPN released a good fact and bad fact about all 32 starting quarterbacks it shouldn't surprise us that the good looks really good and the bad looks really bad. (But as you'll see, how bad is the bad?)

Blake Bortles

Hot: Bortles tied Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead with 27 completions on passes traveling more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Not: Bortles ranked 29th out of 29 qualifying QBs in Total QBR over his team's final eight games last season (32.9). Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees comprised the top three.

As far as what's good, it's really good. He led the league in passes travelling 20 or more yards past the line of scrimmage in part because he has a receiver in Allen Robinson who led the league in receptions of 20 yards or more.

Funny how that works.

As far as what's bad, I don't get how he was so bad according to Total QBR. Over the last eight games, Bortles was 180-for-295 for 2,235 yards and 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions. In essence, his average game was 23-for-37 for 279 yards, two or three touchdowns and an interception.

Whatever.