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Should Dallas Cowboys Consider Blake Bortles for Backup QB?

With a championship run in their sights for 2019, the Dallas want to cover as many bases as possible this . One spot they should look at is , and they might want to consider the soon-to-be available Blake Bortles from Jacksonville.

As reported a few days ago, the Jaguars intend to sign as their new starter and parts way with Bortles. They’re unlikely to find a partner given his 2018 play and $14 million base salary, so Jacksonville will probably be releasing Blake fairly soon.

With only the unproven and on the QB now, Dallas could stand to add a player with Bortles’ experience.

True, not all experience is good. Some might argue that the very reasons Jacksonville is discarding Bortles are why the Cowboys and other teams shouldn’t be interested.

However, it’s one thing to no longer want a guy as your starter and another to see him as a capable backup.

No, Blake Bortles has certainly never lived up to being a third overall pick. But he’s also been unfairly maligned as a bust and is better than his mainstream reputation.

Blake Bortles
QB Blake Bortles (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Bortles’ issue has been consistency. He threw for over 4400 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015 but then struggled the following year. He led the Jaguars to the Game in 2017 but then lost his starting job last season.

Ironically, he sounds kind of Nick Foles prior to 2017.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Bortles’ game is his mobility, which makes him a nice backup for . He could allow the Cowboys to run a lot of the same stuff even if they had to make a sudden switch at quarterback.

With most NFL teams settled at quarterback right now, Blake may not have much hope for a starting job or even competing for one. He might be resigned to having to take a backup role for a year.

One team that might change that is also in the . With probably out in 2019, the might want to take a look at Bortles for a one-year deal. However, so far they seem committed to Colt McCoy as their starter if Alex doesn’t return.

So yes, even though he’s the butt of a lot of jokes, Blake Bortles will still be one of the better options in the QB market this year. He’s still in his physical prime and has at least flashed at times the talent that made him an elite draft prospect in 2014.

If Bortles can be had for a bargain, Dallas could significantly strengthen their QB depth chart this offseason by him.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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