Jaguars publish quotes from teammates praising Blake Bortles

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Even though $18 million per year is downright reasonable in comparison to other veteran starting quarterbacks, the Jaguars knew they needed to sell the decision to extend by three years their relationship with Blake Bortles. As a result, the quote sheet distributed by the team included remarks from three teammates, each of whom vouched for Bortles.

“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Blake mature and progress for the past four years and the one thing that I admire the most about him is his attitude,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “He is an ultimate competitor and will do whatever he can to help the team win. That’s his only goal. He’s not worried about personal credit or accolades; his sole focus is on being a great leader and a great teammate and I am very excited for him and his family on a very well earned extension. I can’t wait to be back on the field with Blake and my other teammates in April.”

Added center Brandon Linder: “We’ve always trusted Blake and we’re excited that he’ll lead our offense for years to come. He’s one of the toughest guys I know and I’m confident that he’ll continue to make us better on a daily basis.”

“No. 5 is our guy,” defensive lineman Malik Jackson said. “He’s been through a lot and proved a lot last season. He’s the type of guy we want in our locker room and I look forward to having him back for many more years.”

Those men surely believe what they’re saying. The real question is whether and to what extent there may be other players on the team who quietly wonder what the Jaguars, so close to getting to the Super Bowl, are doing.

What they’re doing is making a business and football decision aimed at showing confidence and faith in the quarterback who got them close to the Super Bowl without spending significantly more money on the chance that a stranger to the locker room would constitute an immediate upgrade. And the Jaguars, after actively exploring all options, decided to stand pat with Bortles.

This will give the Jaguars the flexibility to pay other key players, and to hold the nucleus together for as long as possible. Which will allow them to compete for playoff berths and more for years to come.

18 responses to “Jaguars publish quotes from teammates praising Blake Bortles

  1. Honestly, I am not one who believes that Jacksonville had to “sell” the decision. We go through this every year… this is just the market of the QB position. If you sign a QB with the intentions on starting him, then be prepared to pay in the $15M/year range.

    The people to whom Jacksonville believes it need to ‘sell’ this to will never understand

  2. As a Bills fan, I thought Bortles showed growth and poise in the playoffs.. Sometimes, it takes a while for talent and confidence to show up on the field. I think Jax made a smart decision that will pay off.

  3. Bortles is mediocre at best. But the Jaguars were scared to make a big investment in one of the FA QB’s. Now they’re just crossing their fingers, hoping that he doesn’t go back to being awful again.

  4. Moronic armchair GM’s will criticize the Jags decision to resign him but it seems like they have a pretty good formula going. With the extra 8 or 9 million they’re not spending on a top free agent QB they can pay to keep that defense together and, who knows, maybe Bortles can get his act together and start playing a little better. He played pretty well in 2015

  5. He’s not a great QB. He’s a good QB. And if JAX wants to win one SB, then sticking w Bortles might get that done because the Ravens and Bucs did that exact thing.

    It if they want multiple SBs, they’ll need a top-10 QB. That’s just the way it goes.

  6. ringheadcrusher says:
    February 25, 2018 at 11:27 am
    He’s not a great QB. He’s a good QB. And if JAX wants to win one SB, then sticking w Bortles might get that done because the Ravens and Bucs did that exact thing.

    It if they want multiple SBs, they’ll need a top-10 QB. That’s just the way it goes.
    Sounds good, but I do have 1 question.

    Who will be the top 10 QBs in 2018?

  7. he got to the AFC championships and lost to the Patriots…insert opinion here…
    he is at the very least a plus starter now and is still young enough to be on the right side of his career arc. if he gets better than contract looks good through 2020 and could improve for him in the long run. win/win

  8. LakefrontLegend says:
    February 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Let’s check in a year from now after Jacksonville plays that 1st place schedule in 2018.
    You know that is not a huge factor right? The difference between a 1st place schedule and a last place schedule is only 2 games. All the drama and articles devoted to that particular topic are just space fillers.

  9. The Jaguars are in a division with Watson and a possibly healthy Luck. I don’t see them making the playoffs next season.

  10. @patsfan4lifesbchamps

    Luck is one solid hit away from retiring. The Colt’s offensive line is a train wreck. Remember that defense that Jville has sacked the Colts 16 times in two games. They have no RB. The Texans will take a big step backward on defense, as some of their players are getting long in the tooth.

    The division will be between Tennessee and Jville for the next few years.

  11. As we saw with Foles, Keenum, this last year, or say Alex Smith is an older example, sometimes if these guys can just hang in the league long enough things can really start to come together for them. QB is such a mentally tough position. It’ takes time.

    Good signing for JAX.

  12. I mean, did we expect these guys to come out and crap on him? I bet every single one of them doesn’t roster Bortles on their teams in fantasy football.

  13. They can be good with Bortles, but I don’t see them getting to the Superbowl with Bortles. Eagles proved you need a QB who can outduel Brady and put up points even if you have a good defense, I don’t think Bortles is the guy who can do that.

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