Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has fallen off the map in a major way. And simply put, has played pretty bad for a franchise that was a couple plays away from reaching the Super Bowl last season. Jacksonville has dealt with plenty of team struggles in recent weeks. For starters, the defense is being shredded on a weekly basis. But the offense is also failing to put up any kind of meaningful points.
You can look at a lot of different players to place blame upon. But Bortles, as the team leader, needs to get out of whatever funk he’s in. Quite simply, he needs to right the ship. Because before you know it, the man could be without a job. After all, the Jaguars went to backup Cody Kessler over the weekend.
Which brings us to Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins. Earlier this week, he spoke on behalf of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. According to Jenkins, the league’s decision of how to deal with Kaepernick and social justice are two separate matters. But that comment would also include slight shade directed at Bortles.
“While our main focus is always on the community and those systemic oppressions, how we can leverage our relationships, our access and resources to help people in everyday communities, there is still a responsibility to speak out on Colin Kaepernick, who started this movement and still doesn’t have a job,” Jenkins told ESPN’s Tim McManus.
“I wholeheartedly believe he is being blackballed, to speak out in support of Eric Reid, who put his job on the line to fight for those who didn’t have a voice.”
He doesn’t stop there, though.
“I have always maintained every chance I get to say, Collin Kaepernick started this. Eric Reid deserves a job, Colin Kaepernick deserves a job. But at the end of the day, when I started this, my personal journey to help my own communities, it was never about the NFL or anybody having a job in the NFL. It was about people, everyday citizens where I come from, where I live in Philly and all across the country. And so at the end of the day, my decisions will always be about people,” Jenkins adds.
But this is where the shade towards Bortles comes in. And Jenkins pulls no punches when speaking to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
#Eagles Malcolm Jenkins was speaking about the Players Coalition and noting his constant support for Colin Kaepernick when he added: “I can turn on the tape this week of our opponent (the #Jaguars) and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job.”
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 24, 2018
With how Bortles is playing now, it’s tough to disagree. And again we’re talking about a quarterback who was just benched for Cody Kessler. In any case, be sure to tune into our London showdown this weekend. It’s going to get…interesting, at the very least.