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Can we chill out on the Blake Bortles thing?

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BeitragVerfasst am: 19.11.2018, 05:02    Titel: Can we chill out on the Blake Bortles thing? Antworten mit Zitat

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles didn’t have a very good game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday afternoon. I think that’s fair to say http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap , despite his stat line. When he was up against the Vikings first team defense, the offense struggled to move the football outside of a few screen passes and a nice third-down scramble by Bortles to put the team on the goal line.He even threw a God awful pick that he shouldn’t be throwing anymore, but like... can we just chill out a little bit?It’s probably because it was the only game on in the middle of the day, but the knee-jerk reaction of Bortles play on Saturday was beyond absurd. It started as soon as he hit Harrison Smith in the chest with an interception, where Bortles didn’t even see the safety trailing across the middle in man coverage, and just reverberated throughout the day on social media.As I mentioned, Bortles didn’t have a great game but it was far from make a panic trade immediately bad. This time last season Bortles was getting benched to give Chad Henne a legitimate shot at the starting job. Bortles ended the day going 12 for 120 20 with 159 passing yards and the interception, which even looking at straight up box score, isn’t that bad! Watching the game, it looked rough until the screens started moving, but it wasn’t even close to bad enough to make me the slightest bit concerned. I am saying that!The game in itself was really just an encapsulation of what Bortles is and likely always will be. Frustrating with some boneheaded mistakes, but never quits and is always trying to win. It’s a big reason why, despite all his short comings, he’s so easy to root for. He’s the same guy he’s always going to be and right now, that’s fine.Players don’t change that much, but I think he’s improved enough to where you don’t need to go into every game worrying about how he’s going to tank it for you or make it harder than it should be. Is he still going to have those games? Yes, absolutely, but they should be more like every fifth game now Womens Keelan Cole Jersey , not every other game like in the past. Saturday against the Vikings wasn’t even one of those games, it was just a quarterback having a tough time against an elite defense.I’m not sure what else people expected from him out there, but he gave about exactly what I thought he would.The reactions however, jumped the shark pretty quickly. It started up about how the Jaguars would be crazy not to at least call the New York Jets about Teddy Bridgewater and see what it would take to get him. At this point, it would be crazy to do that.Look, I’m a big Teddy Bridgewater fan. That’s no secret. He’s who I wanted the Jaguars to draft in 2015 2014 and I thought they made a mistake picking Bortles over him. Considering the injury he’s coming back from and the length of time he’s been out of football, Bridgewater’s preseason has been impressive and if/when he’s fully healthy he’s probably a much better passer than Bortles is.All that being said, can we just chill out a bit? Cody Kessler looks like more than an adequate backup right now and unless you’d be trading for Bridgewater to snap-start right away it makes little sense and the matter of fact assertion that he’d automatically make a team who made it to the brink of the Super Bowl in 2017, make the Super Bowl in 2018 is uh... crazy. The overreaction to Bortles game on Saturday has been way over the top.Chill out.At this point, he’s earned getting the chance to change your mind in the 2018 regular season.AFC South names to watch If you are looking for content that is perfect for debate over a round of beers, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell delivers. His most recent release takes stock of the names worthy of attention for the coming 2018 NFL season.He breaks the list into 8 categories.The Now-or-NeversThe Rookies (or Almost Rookies)Familiar Faces in New PlacesThe Rehabilitation StoriesThe Breakout StarsOne More RideThe Wild CardsThe GhostThe AFC South has significant representation in critical positions, allowing us to look beyond 2018, to what future changes could impact the hierarchy of power within the division.The Now-or-Nevers: Blake Bortles and Marcus MariotaThe Jaguars are the media focus of quarterback instability, but the Titans share the same boat. While Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota is seen as a better talent, his decline since his rookie year is noticeable. Still a threat on the ground, Mariota’s accuracy has become a concern. Both he and Bortles have suffered from inconsistent receiving corps, and either coaching instability or improper use. Each team comes into the season hoping consistency and creative play calling will improve quarterback production.Barnwell rates Mariota 2nd on the list, and had this to say about him.Barwell rates Bortles 8th Womens T.J. Yeldon Jersey , and these were his observations on the Jaguars QB.I think Bill succinctly highlights the chicken/egg problem of these two quarterbacks, and tacitly asks the question of what skills are sufficient to retain services. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee field defenses capable of bailing their offenses out of quarterback shortcomings (Titans caveat to follow), but that wears on team chemistry. Familiar Faces in New Places: Malcolm ButlerOne of the most interesting narratives from last year’s Super Bowl was the benching of Malcolm Butler (ranked 25th by Barnwell). Brought in to help the Titans 25th rated pass defense in yards allowed (3,828), the question is whether he was an asset or liability in New England. The Patriots suffered an even worse defense in allowing 4,020 yards through the air, putting them at 30th. Here is what Bill had to say.The Rehabilitation Stories: J. J. Watt, Andrew Luck, DeShaun WatsonWhen J. J. Watt (27th) is on, he is a tough matchup. Unfortunately, Watt has battled injuries for the past two years. There is not much I can add to the lore of the ex-Badger, and it is not obvious that without a healthy Watt the Texans defense is less effective. In 2015, Watt led the league in sacks with 17.5, even though his defense finished 30th. In 2016, the Texans had the top rated defense, even with Watt only starting in three games. However, in 2017, with Watt only playing in five games Authentic Cam Robinson Jersey , where he managed 11 tackles and 2 passes defended, the Texans defense ended the year ranked 20th. The Texans also lost Whitney Mercilus in the week 5 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.The small sampling above may indicate there is more to the Texans defense than just Watt (cough, cough...Aaron Colvin, Jadeveon Clowney and Mercilus). Still, the big questions are 1) what are the long term impacts back and leg surgery, and 2) will those injuries necessarily limit the ability of the eight year veteran.For me, Andrew Luck (30th) falls here and Now-or-Never. When Luck is healthy, the Indianapolis Colts are historically playoff contenders. When not, they are inept at best. Injured in 2015, playing through it in 2016, and finally sitting out 2017. The good news for the Colts is that he appears to be getting stronger with every preseason game. The bad news is that he took on a minor foot injury, and he sits behind an offensive line learning a new system. And who is he throwing to? And will he have a complimentary running game?Vince Young. Marcus Mariota. Two AFC South quarterbacks who showed promising rookie campaigns, but never made the next step (and I am referencing Young very loosely...MJD was the OROY). So where will DeShaun Watson (32nd) sit? I am unapologetic in my affinity for the Clemson Tiger. He was the guy I wanted in the 2017 draft, and aided by an anemic defense, Watson led the offense to point totals of 33 (twice), 57, and 34. He battled, but lost Authentic Blake Bortles Jersey , to Tom Brady in New England, and led a 4th quarter comeback against the Chiefs that just fell short. As I have written before, if Watson was the Jaguars quarterback we would be lauding the upside of what he brings to the offense.Watson looks to throw first, so how much will the knee impact him, and will that offensive line allow him to throw first?The Breakout Stars: Jalen RamseyWhat? Placing Ramsey here implies he has yet to come close to his ceiling. That is scary for opposing offenses. Players and writers recognize his impact, and it is debatable as to whether he presently is the best at his position, though even in that debate the margin of difference is microscopic.While some may point to Ramsey’s bravado as a negative, I would argue he is simply playing the role of mental disruptor. And he backs it up.What may be the most intriguing aspect of Ramsey’s potential for development is the cast around him. The Jaguars defense is arguably the best in the NFL, and when talent is surrounded by talent everyone wins.There are some AFC South omissions that Barnwell could easily have added. Mike Vrabel, as a new face, has a tough task in Tennessee if you consider the Mariota argument above. What does a defensive minded coach bring to a struggling offensive system? Sticking with the same team, and same category, can Matt LaFleur find the same success in Tennessee that he had with the Rams and Jared Goff?The AFC South will not be short of narratives to watch, in what could be a very balanced division.
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