Blake Bortles (Starter):
Coming into his fifth year as the Jags starting quarterback, Bortles is poised to put the critics to rest this upcoming football season. Coming off arguably his best year statistically, Bortles has all the confidence to become even better. Last season he finished with 3,687 passing yards to go with 21 TDs to 13 INTs. Bortles finished the season with the best completion percentage so far in his career at 60.2% and also threw a career low in interceptions. Most importantly Bortles was only able to develop more confidence in the postseason. During his postseason performance he finished with 594 passing yards 3 TDs, ZERO INTs, a 57.6 completion percentage, and also a few missed plays away from going to the Super Bowl. With OTAs three weeks in, the talk of camp is that he is looking 10x better than last year. Mechanics have continued to improve, more decisive, and has complete control of this offense.
Cody Kessler (2nd string):
The Jags finally let their former backup quarterback (Chad Henne) go this past off-season and traded for Kessler with a couple of draft picks. Henne essentially was kept to teach Bortles the ins-and-outs of the NFL on how to be a professional. But with Bortles continuing his career trajectory, he needs more of an insurance policy instead of veteran help. Kessler is a better talent option than Henne, even though he doesn’t have much to show for. While playing for the Browns, Kessler finished his career there with 1,506 yards passing yards, 6 TDs, and 3 INTs. Kessler’s numbers aren’t eye-popping but he can absolutely be a serviceable backup for Bortles.
Tanner Lee (3rd string/ Practice Squad):
The Jags 6th round pick was brought in to compete for a backup role for the team. Lee is a considered a project selection; he might be kept after the preseason but it depends if coach Marrone wants to keep 3 quarterbacks on the roster. Last season he only kept two, so I assume he’ll keep the same amount this upcoming season as well. If Lee outperforms Kessler during camp and preseason, he’ll be the number two quarterback.