Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has endured a tumultuous four years in the NFL with mixed results as a starter.
Selected third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles showed promise in 2015, when he threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. A drastic drop in form during the 2016 season left his career in doubt, before rebounding a bit this season.
Bortles has a career 80.8 QB rating, and this season marked his highest-career completion percentage (60.2). He also adds a running threat, scoring seven rushing touchdowns with 1,410 yards over four seasons.
Still, Bortles hasn’t consistently looked like a starting NFL quarterback, so Jacksonville, with its elite defense, could look toward someone like Alex Smith or Case Keenum should they be made available.
Johnson told reporters at a practice:
I have a lot to prove to this city. I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody.
Case Keenum’s wild and unexpected ride came to a sudden end with Sunday night’s loss in the NFC Championship Game.
That’s often how the playoffs are: unforgiving, abrupt and for scores of players, fleeting.
The quarterback hasn’t even had 24 hours to process what exactly went wrong (though he’s tried) before being asked about his future. It’s a murky one, with free agency immediately ahead, but a possibility of returning to the Vikings remains.