Few quarterbacks were more disappointing in 2016 than the man I refer to as ‘GT’ Bortles (‘Garbage Time’ Bortles). It was a banner year in 2015 for the former third-overall pick. He became the first Jacksonville Jaguar EVER — in the history of their pathetic franchise — to throw 25 touchdown passes in a season. I’m not making that up. That’s an actual thing. Mark Brunell, Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Chad Henne, and even the great Blaine Gabbert all failed to accomplish the historic achievement that Peyton Manning routinely accomplished in like two-thirds of a season.
Blake Bortles was a fantasy juggernaut during his 2015 campaign as he set the new Jaguar standard with 35 touchdown passes to go along with 4,428 passing yards, 18 interceptions, and two rushing touchdowns despite leading his team to only five wins. A lot of that production came in the ‘GT,’ but it all counts the same. In standard leagues, Bortles finished the season as a top-five quarterback with nearly 20 points per game, and there was a whole bunch of hype entering 2016.
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