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Bortles Unchained

It’s no secret; Blake Bortles is gun shy this season. The Jags don’t take shots down the field and have consistently played a conservative offense. It’s now time to take the chains off of Blake Bortles and take advantage of this weak Chicago secondary.

The Bears have one of the worst secondaries in the league and are in the bottom ten in terms of total defense. If the Jags can’t throw the deep ball against this team, they will be in for a long season when they face elite defensive secondaries such as Minnesota, Denver and Kansas City. This is Bortles’ chance to reconnect with his gunslinger mentality and utilize the deep threats he has around him.

Blake Bortles has struggled this season, but it’s more mental than it is physical. He has a great arm, big body, quick feet, and has been embraced as the team’s undeniable leader. We saw what he could do last season with the deep ball. Sure he has to work on his accuracy and could have better footwork, but his physical traits are above average for an NFL quarterback. We know the Jags want to run the ball and be balanced on offense. That’s good and dandy, but they need to take advantage of the NFL’s rules and let Bortles throw the ball down the field.

There is no reason for short quick passes in this game. Chicago’s pass rush is practically non-existent, and the Jags shouldn’t have a major problem protecting Bortles. He has deep threats Allen RobinsonMarqise Lee and even Julius Thomas at tight end. This is Bortles' chance to rebrand himself this season as the big armed quarterback we all know he can be.

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