Is Blake Bortles a top-10 quarterback?

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Sep 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) drops to throw during the first quarter of an NFL Football game against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Without yards per attempt, completion percentage, and overall QB rating really distinguishing Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, and Cam Newton from each other, we can’t simply default back to PFF’s overall grades which weight both running and passing, nor can we simply turn to things like deep passing to decide who is a “better” quarterback.

There’s no one measurement that makes a QB better.

These four players are certainly on the cusp and in measuring whether Blake Bortles is a “top-10” QB I think you could arguably say he is.

His 1299 yards is easily the best of the bunch and puts him in the top 10 in the NFL. His 10 TDs are also the best of the bunch and just he and Carr (9) are in the top 10 in the NFL. And he’s putting up those impressive numbers with the fifth most drops in the NFL (no positively graded QB is in the top four in drops).

These less evaluative statistics are not necessarily proving Bortles is a better quarterback, especially with some players having already taken their byes, but it does help to show that he’s getting it done and it is reflecting well across the overall QB field.

There’s a serious case to be made for Blake Bortles being a top-10 quarterback in the NFL right now and I think it’s a shame he wasn’t included in PFF’s rankings this week, but it certainly isn’t an indefensible ranking.

We Jacksonville Jaguars fans are seeing some of the best quarterbacking at the position in a half decade or more for the team. If Bortles can keep it up, I think it’s near impossible for people to say he isn’t a top-10 QB by the end of the year.

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