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Blake Bortles made his NFL debut with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. After a dismal start by starter Chad Henne, it was imperative that Bortles get his unit off to a good start.
Bortles didn’t disappoint.
Bortles came out and made a few nice completions to receiver Allen Hurns to get started. After the half, Bortles put together a long scoring drive that resulted in multiple big plays to second-year receiver Mike Brown. Bortles finished 7-of-11 for 117 yards.
Bortles did have one bad throw, a 3rd-and-long situation that was almost intercepted by Da’quan Bowers at the line of scrimmage. Aside from that, Bortles was exactly what you hoped he would be—calm, poised and in control of the offense.
Watching Bortles stand in the pocket, make successful presnap reads and deliver precision passes gave me a feeling that this could be a franchise-changing moment. The rookie signal-caller displayed all the attributes of a franchise quarterback in this game.
If this game was any indication, Bortles may actually have a legitimate chance to start by Week 1. Bortles was clearly the best quarterback on the field, and Henne’s struggles will get tiresome after too long.
*All stats courtesy NFL.com.