Bortles was benched during Sunday's loss to the Texans and coach Doug Marrone said after the game, "It's open," when asked about the quarterback situation, Philip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Bortles completed six of 12 passes for 61 yards, rushed six times for 30 yards and lost two fumbles before being replaced by Cody Kessler early in the third quarter. Marrone expressed his displeasure with the team's continued turnover issues, and Bortles has committed eight in the last three games -- five interceptions and three fumbles -- all losses that have been mostly non-competitive. The 26-year-old appeared to take a step forward in 2017 with a career-low 16 giveaways, but he already has 11 through seven games this season. More information should be available once the Jaguars return to practice this week to prepare for the Eagles, and they then have a much-needed bye in Week 9.
Bortles was replaced in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans by Cody Kessler. The Jaguars were down at that point by a 20-0 mark, with Bortles having completed six of his 12 pass attempts for 61 yards, while adding six carries for 30 yards.
Bortles completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 149 yards, one touchdown and interception during Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cowboys. He also rushed four times for 22 yards. Bortles struggled mightily in this one, completing just 58 percent of his passes and averaging 5.7 yards per attempt. He chipped in as the team's second-leading rusher and connected with Dede Westbrook for a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Bortles cut back on the turnovers after committing five last week against the Chiefs, but he was perhaps too conservative as he finished with a season low in yardage. He'll look to get back on track next week against the Texans at home, where he's averaged 306.3 passing yards over three games while posting a 6:2 TD:INT.
Bortles completed 21 of 34 passes for 155 yards and rushed for 27 yards on five carries in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Titans. Those hoping for a repeat of last week's offensive explosion were left bitterly disappointed in the first half, as Bortles threw for just 69 yards on 18 passing attempts. Things didn't get much better after the break, with Bortles delivering a painful reminder of just how maddeningly inconsistent he can be. He'll look to bounce back next week when Jacksonville plays a third consecutive home game with the Jets in town.
Bortles completed 18 of 33 passes for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's season-opening, 20-15 win over the Giants. He also rushed four times for 42 yards. Bortles wasn't asked to do too much, with Jacksonville's defense holding the Giants at bay while also scoring on a pick-six. His two biggest highlights were a one-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon and a 41-yard scramble. Workhorse running back Leonard Fournette went down with a hamstring injury in this one, so more could be asked of Bortles and the passing attack in the coming weeks if Fournette's forced to miss additional time.
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