Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles

Quarterback #5
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 232 lb.
College:Central Florida
Age:28
Born:December 16, 1991
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 1 (3)
Draft Team:JAX

Blake Bortles: Lands on practice squad

The Broncos signed Bortles to the practice squad Monday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Bortles was released by the Broncos on Saturday, but he'll stick around as a scout team quarterback. The Broncos will push forward with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback, Brett Rypien as the backup and Jeff Driskel as the No. 3 option. If any of the three get hurt, Bortles likely will get called up again.

October 19, 2020 12:53 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Cut by Broncos

The Broncos released Bortles on Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Bortles was brought in for insurance under center when Drew Lock went down with a shoulder injury, but ended up receiving two healthy scratches during his time on the roster. Now, with Lock trending towards a return Sunday, the Broncos have unsurprisingly opted to part ways. As a result, the former Jaguar will have to look for a new opportunity.

October 17, 2020 9:50 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Inactive for TNF

Bortles (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jets, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Bortles is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, as it doesn't seem he's yet managed to acclimate to Denver's offensive scheme. The Broncos will roll with Brett Rypien under center to begin Thursday's contest, with Jeff Driskel available as the backup.

October 1, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Not in starter conversation

Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Bortles won't start in Thursday's game versus the Jets, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Fangio relayed that since Bortles only has two practices with the team, it's not realistic for him to start so soon. As a result, either Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien will be under center to start Thursday's game. If one or both falters, however, Bortles could enter the competition ahead of Week 5's matchup against the Patriots.

September 28, 2020 11:56 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Healthy scratch Week 3

Bortles (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The veteran just signed Tuesday after Drew Lock suffered a Week 2 shoulder injury that's projected to keep him out several games. However, with only three practice sessions in coordinator Pat Shurmur's offense under his belt, Bortles isn't yet ready to serve as interim starter Jeff Driskel's primary backup, a role that will be filled in Week 3 by Brett Rypien.

September 27, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Unlikely to play Week 3

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that he doesn't expect Bortles to back up new starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bortles signed with the Broncos on Tuesday, two days after starter Drew Lock exited the team's loss to the Steelers with a shoulder injury that's expected to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks. Driskel will step in as the starter in the interim, with Bortles providing with an experienced option behind him. However, because Bortles didn't arrive in Denver until Thursday and needs time to get up to speed with a new playbook, he'll likely serve as an emergency No. 3 option at quarterback Sunday, if he's even active for the contest. Denver plans to call up Brett Rypien from the practice squad to serve as Driskel's backup in Week 3.

September 24, 2020 11:27 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Reaches deal with Denver

Bortles agreed Tuesday with the Broncos on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Since hitting the free-agent market this spring after a season of backup duty with the Rams, Bortles received offers from several teams to join their practice squads, but he preferred to hold out for an opportunity that presented a clearer path to getting on the field. He ultimately found a desirable situation with the Broncos, who were in the market for a veteran signal-caller after second-year quarterback Drew Lock suffered a shoulder injury in Denver's Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh. While the Broncos will give Jeff Driskel the first crack at the starting job with Lock expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks, Bortles looms as an experienced alternate should Driskel falter. Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Bortles isn't expected to pass his physical and all COVID-19-related intake testing until Friday, so Denver could bring in another quarterback to back up Driskel for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers if the coaching staff isn't comfortable keeping the 28-year-old active with limited practice time under his belt.

September 22, 2020 7:24 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Checking in with Denver

Bortles is scheduled to visit with the Broncos on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Denver previously kicked the tires on Bortles last offseason, but he ultimately signed with the Rams and served as the team's backup quarterback behind Jared Goff throughout the 2019 season. Bortles didn't draw much interest after becoming a free agent again this spring, but with injuries at the quarterback position around the league already beginning to mount, the 28-year-old now has a decent chance of resurfacing with a team. With Denver's top signal-caller, Drew Lock, expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, Jeff Driskel is the only other healthy quarterback left on the roster. Driskel is expected to serve as the team's starter for the duration of Lock's absence, but Bortles' prior starting experience from his time in Jacksonville would at least make him a quality depth option.

September 22, 2020 6:33 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Seems minimal time in 2019

Bortles completed one of two passes for three yards and rushed twice for negative-nine yards in three games during 2019.

Analysis: The 27-year-old signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rams in the spring to be Jared Goff's backup, and he remained in that role all season since Goff didn't miss a game. Bortles is set to return to free agency and is essentially in the same position as he was after being let go by the Jaguars last year. He shouldn't have a problem securing a contract for the 2020 campaign, but he's unlikely to be viewed as much more than a high-quality backup option.

January 8, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Tosses two passes in blowout win

Bortles completed one of his two passing attempts for three yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona. He played seven snaps in relief of starting quarterback Jared Goff once the game was out of reach for the Cardinals.

Analysis: While this was the third time Bortles has seen the field this season, Sunday's two passing attempts were his first of the campaign. He's locked into a backup role, and as long as Goff is healthy, Bortles is nothing more than a speculative stash in two-quarterback settings.

December 2, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Stagnant outing against Oakland

Bortles completed three of eight pass attempts for 50 yards, adding one rush for three yards during Saturday's 14-3 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Bortles led the Rams offense to only three first downs on his two offensive drives, continuing a dreadful streak of play that goes back to 2018. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes and averaged 112.7 passing yards per game over his final three starts as a Jaguar, and now has his career in Los Angeles off to a precarious start. Given his starting experience, durability and pockets of proficient play throughout his first five pro seasons, Bortles stands as one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL, but Los Angeles will have to live with occasionally static offensive production, as well as a high volume of turnovers should the 27-year-old signal-caller ever be forced into action.

August 10, 2019 9:17 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Gets $1 million on new deal

Bortles signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Rams get a nice bargain with their backup quarterback, as any money Bortles receives on the new contract simply reduces the $6.5 million he's guaranteed from the Jaguars. He should be a big upgrade on 2017-18 backup Sean Mannion and isn't likely to face any serious competition for the No. 2 job this summer. Given the wealth of talent in the Los Angeles offense, Bortles could warrant fantasy consideration if Jared Goff misses time with an injury during the 2019 campaign.

March 20, 2019 9:55 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Finds home with Rams

The Rams and Bortles are close to an agreement on a contract, Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With legitimate starting quarterback gigs few and far between throughout the league, Bortles will land one of the top available backup jobs. Working with coach Sean McVay and behind Jared Goff could do wonders for the five-year pro, who owns a 103:75 TD:INT in 75 career appearances.

March 18, 2019 4:50 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Will visit with Rams

Bortles is set to visit with the Rams on Monday, Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: This likely begins the transition for Bortles from a starter to a backup role since Jared Goff will continue to lead to Rams for the foreseeable future. Although Bortles struggled as a starter with Jacksonville, he'd be a quality backup, as he completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,718 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2018.

March 15, 2019 6:32 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Jettisoned from Jacksonville

The Jaguars released Bortles on Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Once the Eagles opted not to retain Nick Foles via the franchise tag, he's been linked to the Jaguars, who gave him a four-year, $88 million contract in the opening hours of the legal tampering period Monday. With Foles officially in the fold, Bortles is the clear casualty, despite having $6.5 million guaranteed on his own contract. Bortles may have to settle for a backup job with his new organization, but no matter if he holds a clipboard or takes the field, his days of relevance may be few and far between in the future.

March 13, 2019 5:12 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Likely to be released

The Jaguars are expected to release Bortles despite owing him $6.5 million in guaranteed 2019 base salary, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano reports.

Analysis: Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell recently said Bortles is "still in the mix" at quarterback, but the 26-year-old likely will be cut once the team is confident in finding a replacement (read: Nick Foles). Jacksonville can free up $9.5 million in cap space if Bortles is designated as a post-June 1 release, spreading out the dead cap hit ($16.5 million) between 2019 and 2020. When all is said and done, the team likely will have paid him $26.5 million to play one season beyond his rookie contract -- an extra $6.5 million compared to if they'd simply let him play out his fifth-year option instead of offering a extension. Assuming the Jaguars find their replacement, Bortles may have to settle for high-end backup money on the open market this spring.

March 4, 2019 8:28 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Still in mix for Jags

General manager Dave Caldwell said Bortles is still in the mix at quarterback for the Jaguars, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars surely regret signing Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract last offseason, especially given that the deal guarantees nearly half of his $14 million base salary for 2019, per overthecap.com. The team can still free up $9.5 million in cap space if the 27-year-old quarterback is designated as a post-June 1 release, so the structure of the contract won't necessarily keep him on the roster for 2019. Even if Bortles sticks around, the Jaguars figure to invest significant resources -- be it money or an early draft pick -- in the search for an upgrade at quarterback.

March 1, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Blake Bortles: Ends season on low note

Bortles completed 15 of 28 passes for 107 yards and an interception and added 15 yards on seven carries during Sunday's 20-3 loss to Houston.

Analysis: If this was Bortles' last start for Jacksonville, he certainly made it easy for fans to let him go. The fifth-year passer meandered for most of the game before launching an ugly desperation pick into the end zone in the game's closing minutes with the Jaguars down by three scores. Bortles hasn't topped 130 passing yards in a game since Week 10 and has spent about half of that time benched. He might not get the opportunity to throw a pass for the Jaguars again.

December 30, 2018 2:37 PM EST

Blake Bortles: Draws Week 17 start

Bortleswill start Sunday's season finale against the Texans.

Analysis: Bortles, who was benched in favor Cody Kessler in advance of Week 13's game against the Colts, will thus be tasked with leading the 5-10 Jaguars offense in Week 17. It's an assignment that doesn't carry a ton of bankable fantasy upside, but Bortles' mobility was a key factor in the call, per coach Doug Marrone. Though the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will start Sunday's game, ESPN's Michael DiRocco indicates that Bortles will probably be released this coming offseason.

December 26, 2018 9:39 AM EST

Blake Bortles: May get Week 17 start

Multiple Jaguars players suggested Wednesday that Bortles would serve as the team's starting quarterback this weekend in the season finale against the Texans, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Coach Doug Marrone will likely address the team's quarterback situation later Wednesday, but Bortles might have earned himself another look in the No. 1 role after shining in relief of Cody Kessler in the Week 16 upset win over the Dolphins. While Kessler tended to a shoulder issue that resulted in his removal on two occasions in Sunday's contest, Bortles stepped in to complete five of his six throws for 39 yards while adding another 25 yards on four carries. If Bortles does in fact earn the Week 17 start, the Jaguars would likely still favor a run-heavy game plan that would limit the signal-caller's overall fantasy upside. Even with a strong showing to wrap up the campaign, Bortles seems unlikely to enter 2019 as the Jaguars' top option behind center, with the organization instead expected to explore external options via trade, free agency or the draft this offseason.

December 26, 2018 8:34 AM EST

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