Ex-Jags QB Blake Bortles Reportedly Signing with Denver

Blake Bortles with Jags in 2017. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Just when we thought that the “Blake Bortles experience” won’t take place in 2020, the former Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback managed to land a job in the NFL. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bortles agreed on a one-year deal with Denver Broncos and is expected to finalize the move by the end of the week.  

Bronco found themselves needing a quarterback after starter Drew Lock went down with a shoulder injury in Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers. Backup Jeff Driskel took over under center, but Denver needed a viable second option despite promoting Brett Rypien from the practice squad.

Bortles is expected to serve as a backup, but it shouldn’t be a surprise if he challenges for the starting job in case Driskel starts struggling.

Blake Bortles started for Jacksonville Jaguars between 2014 and 2018, throwing for 17,646 yards and 103 touchdowns during that time. However, Bortles added 75 interceptions to this tally and was largely inconsistent, which made the Jags move on from him after the 2018 NFL season.

Bortles spent 2019 with Los Angeles Rams, where he backed Jared Goff. He didn’t receive much playing time in LA, finishing the year with just one completed pass for three yards.