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#pounditTuesday, August 3, 2021

Blake Bortles expects to be an NFL starter again

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles will no longer be an NFL starting quarterback this season, having accepted a role as Jared Goff’s backup in Los Angeles. In his mind, though, it will be a one-year absence from the starting ranks.

Bortles said he sees himself as a starter and expects to be in that role in the future, even if he knows it won’t be this season.

“I have a role. I’m here to back Jared and do whatever I can to help him out,” Bortles said, via Gary Klein of the LA Times. “And if I get an opportunity, I’ve got to make sure we don’t miss a beat offensively and we continue to roll.

“And at the same time, I also expect to be a starter in this league again, and I know it’s not going to be here in L.A. So I’m trying to just better myself. … And if I get an opportunity to play, great. If not, then I spent a year learning from [Sean] McVay, and being around a really good organization.”

Bortles’ confidence is admirable, but he’s going to have to improve a lot considering how badly things went for him in Jacksonville toward the end of his tenure. He may get another chance somewhere, but he has work to do.


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