Is the Blake Bortles era Over in Jacksonville?

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

At one point, the Jacksonville Jaguars were 3-1. They have lost the last three games, including today's 20-7 loss at home against the Houston Texans. The Texans are now in first place in the AFC South.

Blake Bortles was pulled in that game. He lost two fumbles and Bortles completed six passes on 12 attempts for 61 yards. Bortles also rushed for 30 yards on six carries.

Cody Kessler replaced Blake Bortles and Kessler completed 21-of-30 passes for 156 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for eight yards on two carries. Is it time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to move on from Blake Bortles?

Well, they will have to decide on a starting quarterback for the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles in London for Week 8. If they decide to go with Kessler, the Bortles era is possibly over.

He does have at least another year left on his contract. They could opt of his contract after the 2019 season.

It is quite possible that the Jacksonville Jaguars call the New York Giants about Eli Manning and it would be great for both sides. Tom Coughlin, who is in the Jaguars front office, knows Manning well. It would be great for the Giants because they would get to see what they have in Kyle Lauletta.

The trade deadline is on Tuesday October 30. If the Jaguars want to make it back to the playoffs, they should trade for a quarterback. The Jacksonville defense isn't playing with the same swagger because of how bad the Jacksonville Jaguars offense has been.

The team doesn't have the same feel right now as well. Ever since Bortles dominated against the New England Patriots in Week 2, he has not been the same player.

It will be interesting in what direction the Jaguars head in. They have a bye week in Week 9. Jacksonville will have a favorable schedule down the stretch after the bye week. The three toughest games for them will be in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 14 on Thursday night at the Tennessee Titans, and Week 17 on the road against the Houston Texans.

I am not sure if the Blake Bortles era is officially over, but it is pretty close to being it.