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Texans want to make Blake Bortles ‘think’

NFL: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense was shut out for the third time in a row on Sunday, trailing the Houston Texans 13-0 at halftime, a franchise record number of times being shut out at half time in a row. That’s a sentence. A big part of that was the struggle of quarterback Blake Bortles throwing the ball and the Jaguars receivers, namely Keelan Cole, holding on to the ball.

Bortles was barely completing 50 percent of his passes and really was more effective running the ball than throwing it, but that was part of the game plan the Houston Texans came in with according to safety Tyrann Mathieu.

“We wanted to try to make him think a little bit,” Mathieu told Pro Football Talk Live after the game. “We wanted to try to get him to go read to read.”

Mathieu elaborated in that they knew that Bortles would often take off running if his first read was not there just to pick up some yards, so their game plan was to try to make Bortles go to his second and third read rather than giving him a chance to take off and run the football.