When the Jaguars drafted Blake Bortles, I thought he was going to be a good player. Maybe not immediately, as he struggled his rookie season and led the NFL in interceptions last season. But there were plenty of positives about Bortles last season from his 35 touchdown passes (tied for second in the NFL) and his four game winning drives in the fourth quarter last year.
With his jump from year one to year two, I expect him to get even better this season. I don’t think he’ll match the 35 touchdowns he threw last year, nor the 18 interceptions. He had to throw a lot because they had minimal running game and were always behind, which inflated both numbers.
If his completions percentage goes over 60 this season, I’d say that’s another step forward for him. Granted, the number of passes he had to throw drove down his completion percentage a bit, which undermines his accuracy. He is also careless with the football at times, so while some of the 18 interceptions were simply him trying to make something happen, some were a result of bad decision making, an area in which he must improve.
Even though it’s not saying much, I would say that they have the best backup in the division in Chad Henne. The eight year pro has played in 64 games and since joining the Jaguars he has 26 touchdowns. With a starter that showed immense potential last year and a solid backup, the Jaguars get the second spot on the countdown.