Blake Bortles is quietly on track to become the all-time Jacksonville Jaguars passing leader.
Blake Bortles has played in forty-six games as the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback. From those games, he is currently third on the Jaguars career passing leaders list. He is on track to become the franchise’s leading passer, if he keeps his job.
Mark Brunell is the all-time Jaguars passing leader. Brunell threw for 25,698 yards from 1995 through 2003. He played in 120 games.
David Garrard is second on the Jaguars career passing leaders list. He threw for 16,003 yards from 2002 through 2010. Garrard played in 86 games as the Jaguars quarterback.
Bortles has thrown for 11,241 yards in his career. He is only 4763 yards from passing Garrard into the number two slot. In 2015, he threw for over 4400 yards, a franchise record. It would be impressive if he jumped up to over 4700 in a season, but it wouldn’t be completely outside the realm of his ability.
If Bortles continues to progress in his mechanics and reduces his turnovers, he will become the Jaguars all time passing leader. Let’s compare how Bortles compares to Brunell and Garrard after their respective third seasons.
Blake Bortles’ Track Record Compared to Mark Brunell and David Garrard
First, Mark Brunell had 9816 passing yards in his first three seasons as the Jaguars starter. He played in 43 games with 52 touchdown passes. Most noteworthy is the fact that he had only 34 interceptions.
Bortles has 1425 more passing yards in three more games than Brunell after three seasons. It’s highly unlikely that Brunell would throw for an average of 475 yards per game to match Bortles.
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Brunell played in seventy-four more games than Bortles. He has14,457 more passing yards. Bortles would need to average 196 passing yards in the next 74 games to pass Brunell. Seems like a reasonably easy task to complete – assuming he still has the starting quarterback job.
Finally, Bortles will surpass Garrard in the 2018 season. Garrard leads Bortles by less than 4800 passing yards. Bortles would have to average 200 passing yards in 2017 and 2018 to become number two on the team’s all-time passing list. Probably a successfully completed assignment.
Blake Bortles is a lightning rod for criticism. Most of his failures have been self-inflicted. However, he is quietly producing high volume career numbers. Only Blake Bortles can prevent himself from becoming the Jaguars career passing leader.