After the Houston Texans were blown out 45-7 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was asked if Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is improving. The defensive end replied to reporters, “He’s trash.”
On Sunday, Bortles completed 21 of 29 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns. He finished with a passer rating of 143.8. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bortles became the first quarterback in Jaguars history to throw multiple touchdowns without an interception in three straight games.
In the month of December, Bortles has thrown for 903 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Last week, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas told reporters that the loss to the Jaguars was tough because they lost to “a subpar quarterback.”
In the Jaguars’ locker room after the game, Bortles’ teammates praised his recent play.
“His reads are sharp,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “He knows pre-snap what he wants to do. You can see him out there. He’s just playing ball. If there’s a rush coming he’s just sliding over a little bit, getting in position, making the throws, not panicking. He’s doing his thing.”
Added Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson: “I’m just glad he’s able to turn it around and I’m glad he’s doing what we knew he could do and I’m glad he’s proving himself that he can do it. He chose one hell of a year to pick it up, so I’m happy.”