Report: Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had surgery on right wrist

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had surgery on his right wrist on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Bortles was listed with the wrist issue on every injury report this seasons for the Jaguars. Despite the injury, Bortles completed a career-high 60.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also posted the second-best numbers of his career in yards per attempt (7.0) and passer rating (84.7)

Per Schefter, the injury surfaced in December 2016. Bortles avoided having surgery after last season but it now needs to be addressed after playing 19 games this year.

The surgery could come close to guaranteeing Bortles the $19 million and change he’s scheduled to make next year in the final year of his rookie contract with the Jaguars. Jacksonville picked up the fifth-year option on his contract for last season, which was guaranteed for injury only. It becomes fully guaranteed if Bortles is on the team’s roster for the start of the league year on March 14 and would be guaranteed if Bortles is unable to pass a physical before that date.

Even if Bortles is fully healed in six weeks, the surgery allows Bortles to enter the last year of contract fully healthy and able to physically perform to his greatest potential, assuming the Jaguars keep him.

8 responses to “Report: Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had surgery on right wrist

  1. I never took Blake as being very smart, but if he gets his contract guaranteed over this, well looks can be deceiving. Would force the Jags to keep him. Well played.

  2. I hope the Jags are for real. Like seeing new teams get in to the mix. Tennesse poked their nose in their this year. Minnesota had a heck of a year. Eagles, wow. Interesting year this was.

  3. This guy is tough to figure. Everyone, including me, wants to bag on him for one reason or another but if you look at his overall body of work objectively, he’s not a bad option. If you toss out his 2016 season and look at just the other three, ’14, ’15. and ’17, he actually looks pretty decent.

    Also, if you compare his first 4 years to some other guys, Eli Manning comes to mind, you see a similar career trajectory. OTOH, if you’ve sat in Everbank Field and watched a couple of his pick-6s, you would shake your head.

    The Jags would be wise to continue with him, IMO.

  4. Don’t know why Jacksonville wouldn’t want to keep him? They got to the AFC Championship game with him, and might well have beaten NE on their home turf, but for some highly suspect coaching.
    It would also appear that he was playing with an injury, that may very well have affected his passing ability, which should improve all the more with successful wrist surgery. If I’m running the Jags, I think I’m sticking with Bortles.

  5. “Per Schefter, the injury surfaced in December 2016. Bortles avoided having surgery after last season but it now needs to be addressed after he demonstrated that he is far from being on his way out of foitball like so many of us thought”

    There fixed that for you.

    And I will be the first to confess I have probably been too quick to judge him.

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