Another week, another Blake Bortles performance by Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Blake Bortles. I thought Bortles had a similar kind of outing that he did against the Minnesota Vikings against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday evening. He had a rough start, a bad interception, and then he settled in and led the team to points.
The first interception Bortles threw was on a pass over the middle tipped by a defender trailing the receiver who wasn’t the target. It was kind of a mix of a throw Bortles probably shouldn’t be trying and just the dumb luck of having a ball batted in the air. Tipped interceptions are going to happen, so it’s just something you’ll have to deal with from time to time.
“Right, and it’s just being smart,” Bortles said on Saturday after the game about keeping his completion percentage up. “Kind of like we talked about earlier, tipped picks and stuff like that are going to happen. I’m going to throw interceptions throughout the season, but it’s more so not forcing things and making sure we get a completion, we’re picking up yards. It’s a lot of me and Nathaniel being on the same page and understanding the reason why we called this play. If that’s the look they give us and we’ve got an opportunity to capitalize on it, then take the shot or let’s move the ball down the field. If they take away the reason we called the play, then let’s get out of here with a completion and get to the next play.”
As Bortles said, he’s going to throw interceptions during the season. That’s going to happen, no matter who the quarterback is, but especially with Bortles. He’s still going to make some bad reads, have some passes tipped and picked and get some picked off trying to force a throw that might not quite be there. It’s just something the Jaguars and fans will have to live with and overcome.
He’s not going to, at least I don’t think, pull the number of back breaking mistakes he had in the past. He cleaned a lot of that up in 2017 and for the most part looks kind of the same. It’s the double-edged sword of the type of player that Bortles is. Some of his best plays come from him making a stupid decision, like running head long towards the endzone on third and long. It is what it is at this point.