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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles takes a lot of criticism http://www.jacksonvillejaguars…..son-jersey , the majority of it deserved, but to his credit he’s always handled it well and taken it in stride. He’s been one of the first to lay blame on himself, even if it’s not deserved, and always made some good self-deprecating jokes at the podium.If it wasn’t known by now to anyone, Bortles isn’t bothered by the outside criticism of him from fans, media or even other players.“I’m totally at peace with that,” Bortles told NFL Network’s Michael Silver the week leading up to the loss to the Houston Texans. “I totally understand that I’m like the scapegoat for this team. When we play good, ‘The defense played well, the running back did good, the receivers made great plays.’ And when we play bad, ‘Blake Bortles is the worst quarterback on the face of the planet.’”And I get it. Obviously http://www.jacksonvillejaguars…..der-jersey , that’s not what I would have chosen for myself. And I’m sure it’ll never stop. But I couldn’t care less. I just want to win football games with this team.”I’ll give Bortles the benefit of the doubt here, since we can’t hear the tone of what he’s saying… but using the word “scapegoat” probably isn’t the best word to use. Plus, he’s simply wrong. He gets a ton of praise when he has a great game, it’s just his great games have been few and far between recently. Go back and google the recaps or articles for any publication after the win over the New York Jets and New England Patriots, there’s plenty of praise. Plus, being a “scapegoat” inherently implies that it’s not deserved blame and/or criticism… which in Blake’s case, it usually is and has been.Even with all the criticism he’s still looking to get to the Super Bowl, which is exactly what he should be looking to do.“Obviously, we’ve gotta get back to that and gotta get back on track and rolling, but we will. And I know this: All I can do is worry about what I can control, and I’m gonna do everything I can do to help this team win football games http://www.jacksonvillejaguars…..mbo-jersey ,” Bortles added. “And once we win the Super Bowl, I’ll enjoy the s— out of that with the guys in this locker room, and that’ll be enough.”After being benched for turning the ball over and the offense generally being ineffective the past three weeks, the hope is with Carlos Hyde in the fold and a huge wake up message to Bortles, he can get back on track and the team can end their losing skid. It feels like Josh Wells has been around forever. Every year I look at the 53-man roster and wonder the Jaguars’ obsession with Wells. When Cam Robinson went down for the season with a torn left ACL, it gave us a good chance to observe why the coaching staff is so high on Wells when the fanbase feels differently.Don’t look now, but Josh Wells quietly had a good game against the Jets this past week. He wasn’t called for a single penalty, nor do I recall noticing him much during the game. For an offensive lineman, that’s the ultimate compliment. While his tape wasn’t perfect, as we’ll see shortly, let’s dive into the film and see what exactly Wells did…well.Play: (Shotgun) B.Bortles pass short middle to D.Westbrook to JAX 49 for 27 yards (M.Claiborne).Breakdown: Key in on 72 during the play. He has good hips and mirrors the defensive lineman. He stays low and keeps his head up during the rep. This— while a routine 2nd and long play— is exactly what you want to see from your left tackle.Play: T.J. Yeldon short pass from Blake Bortles for 31 yards. TOUCHDOWN.Breakdown: Later on the same drive http://www.jacksonvillejaguars…..ell-jersey , Wells absolutely dominates his man. This is absolutely imperative— if the offensive line doesn’t give enough time for the crossers and deep routes to develop, the short pass to Yeldon wouldn’t be as effective. Watch how the defensive lineman’s momentum completely halts as Wells gets his hands on the inside shoulder pads of him. It’s clear how much more of a natural left tackle Wells is.Play: B.Bortles scrambles left end to JAX 48 for 23 yards.Breakdown: While this play is a reflection of Bortles’ dual-threat ability, notice how Wells uses the momentum of Jordan Jenkins and essentially drives him out of the play. Jenkins has no chance at recovering. This creates a wide open lane for Bortles to step up in and take off. Wells’ play coupled with Fournette drawing Avery Williamson to the sideline creates enough space for the 23-yard gain. Play: B.Bortles pass short left to J.O’Shaughnessy to NYJ 38 for 17 yards (D.Lee).Breakdown: While it may seem that Wells had an excellent game, there’s still room for improvement. He still has a tendency to lower his head, much like A.J Cann, and overextend his arms. Notice how Wells initially lunges forward and watch the defender use an easy swim move to get past him. Luckily for us, good Blake showed up on Sunday and was able to extend the play, finding O’Shaughnessy for the first down.You may not think of it, but Josh Wells is quite the success story after coming in as an undrafted rookie free agent from James Madison University and carving a role for himself in the NFL. Most careers average to about 3 years in the NFL, and Wells is on his 4th season and still young at the age of 27. Last week’s game against the Jets showed exactly what the Jaguars envisioned him becoming and why he was deserving of a roster spot.
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