Blake Bortles has three questions to answer about his role as the Jaguars QB.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lined up for the kick off following the Baltimore Ravens 54 yard field goal to retake the lead on Sunday. Standing on the sideline waiting to take the field is Jaguars QB Blake Bortles. His mind, dwelling upon the things he must do to claim the first victory of the year, but there are at least three questions that he must answer.
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Now is the time for Bortles to lead Jacksonville down the field for the win. It’s first down on the 25 yard line with 1:02 left on the clock plus one time out left. Bortles dumps the ball to T.J. Yeldon for six yards to the 31 yard line. The clock is ticking to 44 seconds as the Jaguars snap the ball on second down and four.
What happens next is a reflection on Blake Bortles as a leader.
Easy call on second down right? A five yard out route by Allen Robinson or Allen Hurns. Wrong! Bortles rolls to his left and motions for someone to go long (maybe?). Sacked and forced to use his last time out with :32 on the clock. Maybe the Jaguar sideline should have yelled, “throw it away!”
Third down is another dump off pass to Yeldon but is called back for holding. Ten yards back from the spot of the foul, makes it third and 21 from the 14 yard line.
What was discussed during the time out, in OTAs during the off season, and at practice the past week? The result is a long pass into the middle of the field that gets tipped and intercepted. The game is now over but not until the last 16 seconds tick off the clock.
The Jaguar field general runs into the locker room.
Three questions that only Blake Bortles an answer.
First, Do you believe in your ability to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Second, Do you let the game come to you or do you try to do too much?
Third, Do you trust those around you?
The Jaguar fans are hoping your answer is loud and clear in London.