Leonard Fournette: Blake Bortles Is A Top-5 Quarterback

Bryan Brandom
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You can tell good teams like the Seattle Seahawks aren’t used to getting their ass beat by the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars.

Not only did some members of the Seattle defense get into some violent extracurricular activities during and after Jacksonville’s victory formation to close out a 30-24 contest on Sunday, but the saltiness continued in the locker room when Earl Thomas trashed Jags quarterback Blake Bortles.

The Seattle safety was asked if the loss was easier to take because the 8-5 Seahawks still control their playoff fate.

“Right now, it’s not,” Thomas answered. “Because, you know, that was a subpar quarterback. They had a great game plan. They out-executed us, which can’t happen. You’ve gotta take advantage of these things.”

Leonard Fournette, who spent the contest rushing all over Thomas’ unit, begged to differ, calling Bortles one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL and sending ESPN analyst Ryan Clark into a tizzy.

“Blake’s coming around, man,” Fournette said. “To me, he’s one of the top five quarterbacks. Last year, they didn’t have a running game. Now, we have a running game and he’s showing his true colors.”

The rookie running back is not the best liar, but he’s a good teammate.

Still, with a reduced role thanks to Fournette’s emergence, Bortles has been surprisingly solid during Jacksonville’s run to a 9-4 record and first place in the AFC South.

The quarterback, in his fourth season, has completed 60.2 percent of his passes in 2017 for 2,821 yards, 16 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He’s 21st in the NFL in passer rating among QBs with at least five starts, at 85.8.

On Sunday, he went 18-of-27 for 268 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks. Afterward, he fired shots of his own Seattle’s way.