If there’s one reason to believe Bortles won’t tank an otherwise good roster, it’s that Marrone seems determined not to let him.
Marrone, asked how many times a game quarterback Blake Bortles will ideally throw next season, said his answer was simple: Zero. He said he wasn’t joking about this, and he wasn’t smiling when he said it. For me, I’d like to run the ball every play, Marrone said. I want to go back to the old way. I want to change the game.
After drafting Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Jaguars’ game plan looks like it will be leaning heavily on the rookie running back.
While the Jaguars won’t literally run on every play, the team ran the ball 37 times against the New England Patriots in a preseason game last week and threw the ball 18 times.
The NFLPA also released a statement Friday.
We are reviewing the decision and have been in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options.
Elliott has continually denied accusations of domestic assault that were leveled against him last July. He was not arrested and no charges were filed by authorities, but the NFL launched its own investigation.
It’s standard process for the NFL to conduct an independent investigation into any domestic violence allegations to determine whether a player violated the personal conduct policy. A player can be disciplined under the league’s policy even if he hasn’t faced legal charges.
In a July 2016 report filed with the Columbus, Ohio police department, a woman who identified herself as Elliott’s former girlfriend claimed that he attacked her several times over the course of a week, including an assault that allegedly took place while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car. In addition to filing a report, the woman posted photos to her Instagram page showing bruises on her leg, arms, hand, and neck.