Sport Broncos cut Blake Bortles with Drew Lock set to return vs. Patriots in Week 6
Blake Bortles could sign with Broncos after Drew Lock injury
Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, spent last season as a backup behind Jared Goff with the Los Angeles Rams. The former UCF star was with the Jacksonville Jaguars for five years before that. Video: Broncos expected to sign free agent QB Blake Bortles (SMG) Your browser does not support this video Bortles has a career passer rating of 80.6. He never lived up to expectations after being the first quarterback taken in 2014.Lock is expected to miss somewhere around a month with a rotator cuff injury.
Less than a week after starting quarterbackwent down with a shoulder injury, the added veteran free agent not only as QB insurance but as a potential replacement under center. Now, however, with Lock on track to make his return against the on Sunday, Bortles is back on the street. The Broncos have released the backup in order to make room for practice-squad call-up , the team announced on Saturday.
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Bortles reportedly impressed in the quarterback room, and it sounds like the team wants him around as a veteran mentor to the young Lock. For now the team has former Boise State quarterback and 2019 undrafted free agent Brett Rypien as the backup, with Jeff Driskel still on the roster as the third-string. Bortles originally signed with the Broncos back on Sept. 22.The third overall pick of the 2014 draft, Bortles was the starter in Jacksonville for the first five years of his career. After that tumultuous stint he signed in Los Angeles last year and spent 2019 carrying Jared Goff‘s clipboard.
Bortles, 28, had reportedly passed on other opportunities during his summer as a free agent before signing with Denver because of an apparent path to playing time. But the former first-round draft pick, who started 74 games with thefrom 2014-18, didn't take a single snap in his two games on the roster, instead watching as reserves and replaced Lock. Bortles may have had a chance to see the field in Week 5, when Lock wasn't guaranteed to suit up, but then that game was postponed to this weekend as a result of the Patriots' battle with COVID-19 cases.
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Bortles' departure, then, signals one thing more than anything: Drew Lock is ready to go. The second-year starter is the unquestioned leader of Vic Fangio's squad, which went 1-1 in his absence before an unexpected Week 5 bye. Despite a questionable designation on this week's injury report, Lock has been a steady presence at recent practice after recovering from his shoulder injury.
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