The tone and consistency of it among his NFL peers is astonishing, bizarre. Bortles gets it from a variety of angles, including nationally from NFL fans and critics. But this nasty drivel oozing from his peers takes it to another level.
In consecutive mid-December home games against Seattle and Houston, Bortles and the Jaguars won. They handled Seattle 30-24 and smashed Houston 45-7.
Afterward, Seattle safety Earl Thomas said: That was a subpar quarterback.
Afterward, Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was curt and cruel about Bortles, offering a one-word description: Trash.
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He was the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft and his development has been typical of several young quarterbacks, especially those from smaller colleges (Central Florida). He is 25. In his fourth season he has helped lead the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and to the AFC South crown. He’s in the playoffs, at home against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Indicators: new head coach; new QB; NFL’s oldest starters; league-high 10 unsigned veterans with at least eight starts and seven more with one to seven starts
GM Steve Keim has alluded to an overhaul that will probably make the Cardinals younger as they build around David Johnson, Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson. The timing seems right, with coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retiring.
The Cardinals rank No. 1 by a wide margin in 2017 snaps and starts by unsigned veterans (40 percent of their starts from 2017 are tied up with players who have four-plus years of experience and no contract for next season). As the oldest team in the NFL, the Cardinals have even more reason to overhaul. Keim has been aggressive in the lower-priced veteran market. Now, he could be looking for players to fit new schemes.