Blake Bortles and the Jaguars have a long season in front of them. But through two games the Jaguars are one of seven teams in the NFL with a 2-0 record and one of just three teams to be in the top five in both defense and offense.
A big reason for the Jaguars success so far, especially in week two, has been the play of QB Blake Bortles. Bortles is on pace to breaks several franchise single season records. It remains to been seen whether or not Bortles can keep up this strong pace, but at this point in the season the BOAT is on his way to etching his name (again) in the franchise record book.
The most exciting aspect of his game (in my eyes) is his ability to extend plays and get yards on the ground. Through two weeks of play he's rushed for 77 yards (42 yards against NYG, 35 against NE) and is on pace for 616 rushing yards. That would demolish Mark Brunell's single season Jaguars record for rushing yards by a QB set back in 1995. Brunell rushed for 480 yards that year. Bortles current pace would break that record by 136 yards.
In terms of passing Bortles is also on pace to break his own franchise single season record for TD passes set back in 2015. He threw 35 touchdowns that year, but is on pace to beat that number by five with 40. He's also on pace to break his Jaguars record for completions in a season. In 2016 he completed 368 passes and he's on pace to break that record by eight with 376.
It's obvious that Bortles has established himself as the Jaguars QB on the present and the future. After a dominant week two victory over the greatest dynasty in sports history he's changing the national narrative. But more important than changing that narrative is winning games and playing good football -- something Blake Bortles has done quite a lot of lately.
If starting RB Leonard Fournette continues to miss then the Jaguars game plans in the coming weeks could continue to revolve around Blake Bortles and his supreme play making ability. If so, Bortles has a real chance to break several of these franchise records that he's currently on pace to obliterate.
Do you think Bortles has what it takes to have the best season by a QB in franchise history? Let us know in the comments below.
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