Blake Bortles doesn’t think he’ll be a Jaguar next season: ‘I envision I’ll be somewhere else’

CBS Sports

In a season chock-full of disappointment for the Jaguars, few things were more disappointing than Blake Bortles' performance. After an AFC Championship Game berth last season, the Jaguars went 3-9 in Bortles' 12 starts, and he threw 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bortles was benched after a Week 11 loss to the Bills in which he completed 12 of 23 passes for 127 yards, then he returned for Week 17, going 15 of 28 for 107 yards.

All of this comes the year after the former No. 3 overall pick signed a contract through 2021, leaving the Jaguars at a crossroads. Do they move on from Bortles or do they try to stick it out? Bortles thinks he knows.

"I don't think I'll be back next year," Bortles said before the Jaguars' final game, per Sunday's CBS Sports broadcast. "Being honest, I envision I'll be somewhere else next year."

The biggest difference in Bortles' performance was in his interception rate. He still completed about 60 percent of his passes (same as 2017), he averaged nearly 230 yards per game (same as last season), and his yards per attempt still hovered around 7 yards. However, he had 11 interceptions in 12 starts compared to 13 interceptions in 16 starts in 2017. Leonard Fournette spent most of this season injured, and in general, the Jaguars weren't able to pick up the slack.

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