Until Blake Bortles finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Bortles was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Bortles apparently was just insurance in case Aaron Rodgers was no longer in the picture, but Rodgers reported to training camp Tuesday morning and reportedly is prepared to play at least one more season for the Packers. The decision to release Bortles suggests Jordan Love won't face any real competition for the No. 2 QB job, a role Tim Boyle held last season before signing with the division-rival Lions in March. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Bortles hasn't started an NFL game since 2018.
Bortles agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Prior to Bortles' signing, Jordan Love was the only quarterback slated to attend the start of in-person workouts April 17, so the 29-year-old's presence fills a clear need for depth at the position. The ongoing saga of Aaron Rodgers' disgruntlement with management will ultimately determine Bortles' chances of making the Packers' Week 1 roster in a backup capacity.
Bortles didn't see game action for the Rams during the 2020 campaign, and he's set to hit free agency during the offseason. The third overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft is unlikely to re-sign with Los Angeles after spending the past two seasons with the franchise. There's potential for Bortles to latch on with another team and even see the field in 2021, but he also likely has a long road ahead before warranting fantasy attention, even in the deepest of formats.
The Rams signed Bortles off the Broncos' practice squad Tuesday. With Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out for the season finale against the Cardinals, Bortles will return to Los Angeles to serve as John Wolford's backup. Bortles spent the entirety of the 2019 season with the Rams, so he has enough familiarity with the system to be ready if called upon. Meanwhile, Wolford -- who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018 -- will make his NFL debut Sunday.
Bortles is being targeted as a possible backup for the Rams this weekend according to head coach Sean McVay, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Bortles spent time with the Broncos earlier this season, bouncing between the active roster and practice squad for several weeks. Now with Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out, the Rams may look to bring in the veteran, who spent the 2019 campaign in Los Angeles. Currently, the only other quarterback on the Rams' active roster is John Wolford.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|3||09/26||@San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|7||10/24||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|9||11/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Rams||1||15.56|
|3 Year Avg||60.0||907||4||4||119||0||61|