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Good For You: Blake Bortles

It may not be a heart warming story for everyone, but I certainly enjoy seeing the perseverance of men and women who were counted out be rewarded.

By all accounts, Blake Bortles is a good guy.  However, “good guy” isn’t a prerequisite to being a star in the NFL.  The last three years have seen Bortles take his fair share of beatings…both on the field and in the media.  On the field the Jaguars have ranged anywhere from mediocre to downright awful with Bortles sharing in that misery as his learning curve seemed to be behind what was expected of a top draft pick.  Quarterback is one of those interesting and rare positions in sports.  In a sport where there are 22 starters on offense and defense-not even counting multiple positions that share time and special teams starters-the quarterback seems to get most, if not all, the credit when things go well, and most, if not all, the blame when things go poorly.

Now I’m not saying that Bortles wasn’t deserving of the criticism he received.  As a die hard Texans fan I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his worst performances that made for a few fun Sunday afternoons around my house.  But for the first round pick from the University of Central Florida to be labelled a bust and “trash” so early, as many publications such as the New York Post have recently pointed out, may have been a bit premature.

Here’s why he’s the focus of my “Good For You” segment.  Bortles was benched earlier this year for journeyman Chad Henne.  However, after reclaiming his starting spot, Bortles has led the Jaguars to a 10-4 record and a playoff spot.  They will clinch the division with one more win this season.  Bortles may not be the world’s greatest quarterback, but this year he’s thrown 19 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions.  That may not be putting up Drew Brees type numbers but he’s certainly doing the job he was given to do considering the Jaguars have one of the most dominant defenses in football.

It may not be a heart warming story for everyone, but I certainly enjoy seeing the perseverance of men and women who were counted out be rewarded.

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