Bortles suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb, according to John Oehser of jaguars.com. The injury shouldn't have any impact, as Bortles will have three months to recover before offseason activities start up. He easily exceeded even the most optimistic year-two expectations for his owners, but his real-life performance was merely mediocre, with volume and a talented receiving corps making up for shaky accuracy and decision-making. To be fair, Bortles did display massive progress from his rookie season, looking far more comfortable in the pocket while showing no hesitance to take shots downfield. He was clearly good enough for the Jaguars to move forward with him as the starting quarterback, but the 'superstar-in-the-making' narrative seems more than a little hasty.
Bortles struggled in the season finale against the Texans, completing just 17 of 32 passes for 239 yards and a pair of interceptions. It was a disappointing finish to the season in a meaningless game, as the second-year signal caller failed to connect on a touchdown pass for the first time in 2015. It was still an excellent sophomore season for Bortles, as he made a huge jump in nearly every statistical category, finishing with 4,428 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. Bortles now has plenty of weapons to work with, and if he can cut down on this season's total of 23 turnovers, he should be an even more valuable fantasy option.
Bortles completed 27 of 35 passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 38-27 loss at New Orleans. In a dream matchup, Bortles struggled for most of the first half, until he tossed a short touchdown pass to Marqise Lee right before halftime. Although a lot of Bortles' production has come in garbage time or the fourth quarter, as was the case Sunday (he threw three of his four TDs in the second half down by double digits), it's hard to discount his season total of 35 passing scores. He'll look to end the season on a high note, playing at Houston in Week 17.
Bortles completed 23 of 38 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also rushed six times for 44 yards and another score. The breakout season continued for Bortles, albeit in a losing effort, as he now sits third in the NFL in touchdowns among quarterbacks. He failed to throw multiple touchdown passes for just the fourth time this season, but that was offset by his biggest rushing output of the season and his second ground score in as many games. Bortles possesses plenty of upside heading into next week's matchup versus the Saints' porous defense.
Bortles completed 16 of 30 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Colts. He also rushed four times for 17 yards and another score in the 51-16 rout. One week after passing for five touchdowns, Bortles added three more, as he's now accounted for multiple touchdowns in eight of the last nine games. Sunday's game was a tale of two halves, as the Colts actually led 13-9 after two quarters, only for the Jaguars to outscore them 42-3 after that. Bortles connected with nine different receivers, throwing his touchdowns to Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. Bortles has now reached the 30-touchdown mark for the season, and he'll look to extend his career-high in Week 15 against the Falcons.
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