Blake Bortles Benched By Jaguars; Cody Kessler Will Start Vs. Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced in a news conference Monday that QB Blake Bortles has been benched, and backup quarterback Cody Kessler will start against the Indianapolis Colts this week. Marrone told reporters; “I had a chance to talk to both Blake and Cody earlier today and I told both those guys the same thing: I’m making this change to give us an opportunity to win a football game.”

Bortles is coming off one of his worst performances of the season, having completed only 12 of 23 passes for 127 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Jaguars have lost seven in a row and eight of their past nine games.

Jacksonville signed Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract extension in the offseason.  Kessler has not started an NFL game since 2016, when he started eight times with the Cleveland Browns. 

Jaguars Bench Blake Bortles


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