Blake Bortles
The Rams have a new quarterback. His name is Blake Bortles. Will Sean McVay revitalize his career? (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Rams have a new backup quarterback. After being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blake Bortles has found a new home with the Rams. The old Rams backup quarterback was Sean Mannion who is currently still sitting out in free agency.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN was the first to report the deal:

Bortles was the former 3rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It’s safe to say that he hasn’t come anywhere close to living up to expectations. This is a crazy stat right here.

Since Bortles entered the NFL with the Jaguars, 17 quarterbacks have attempted at least 2,000 passes: among those signal-callers, Bortles ranks dead last in adjusted net yards per attempt, quarterback rating, and interception rate, and is second-to-last in touchdown rate.”

Obviously, Bortles has never worked with a quarterback like Sean McVay before but he’s an interesting backup to keep in-house. Give Bortles one thing, the guy is sneaky athletic. The Rams also have Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp. If Bortles does see game action with the Rams, I would expect him to perform better than his Jags tenure.

Jacksonville will roll with Nick Foles in 2019. He’s a huge upgrade over Bortles. That’s an interesting team right there. If the Jags can get their defense back to an elite level, the Jags might be real contenders if everything goes right. The Jags also cleared $6.5 million by releasing Bortles.

This is the perfect tale of what’s going to happen to Mitch Trubisky. Fooled by fluky defenses and gimmick play calling. Just wait. Trubisky can’t play either. He’s Bortles. If you’re paying attention, you can see it coming from a mile away.