Allen Robinson’s big day helped put the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the Miami Dolphins and in a position to win on Sunday.
But it wasn’t all about him.
The Jags had plenty of impressive efforts from the young roster and while the game was messy at times, there seems to be no shortage of accolades to go around.
We’ll look at the players with the biggest stock rises after the win for the Jaguars. Let’s lead off with an easy one.
Sep 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and center Luke Bowanko (70) celebrate a touchdown pass during the second quarter of an NFL Football game against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Blake Bortles, quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles was impressive in his second outing of the 2015 NFL season. While there was a pretty severe stall under his leadership during the second half, the offense was clicking with Bortles throwing the ball for the most part.
This was especially critical for the Jacksonville Jaguars because the running game was completely stifled by the Dolphins. A week after being literally run over by the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins tightened up and limited T.J. Yeldon and Bernard Pierce to under three yards per carry.
That didn’t stop Blake Bortles from making things happen, however. Passing the ball 33 times, Bortles completed a meager 54.5% of those tosses en route to a two touchdown, 273 yard game. It was his first game with two touchdowns and no interceptions and he looked impressive through most of it.
With one particularly bad throw that should have been picked off, Blake Bortles is still obviously a growing quarterback. There are certainly steps in the right direction, however, and Bortles showcased a strong arm, better decision making, and the ability to just sling it that many quarterbacks seem too timid to do.