“It’s been an awesome season,” Bortles said after his solid 23-of-36, 293-yard outing against the Patriots. “I think it’s been a lot of fun despite what happened today. It’s been a special ride to do this on an organization that hasn’t done this in a really long time with a special group of guys.
“It’s tough to try to enjoy it right now, but I’m sure that at some point we’ll be able to reflect and think about all the good things that happened. Find a way to fix it to make sure that we don’t feel like this at this point again.”
At 25, Bridgewater would come with a high upside but the unknowns around his health will keep his price low. Bradford has proved he can still deliver strong play when healthy, but he’s 30 and carries a different level of risk vs. reward coming off his latest knee injury.
Then again, it wouldn’t be bad to bring in Bridgewater to compete with Peterman and a rookie.
One wait-and-see scenario would be sticking with Bortles for one more year but targeting a quarterback in the early rounds to groom as a potential heir apparent.
In a quarterback-starved league, the Jags would be playing with fire if they rescinded the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie contract and let him test free agency with the option of re-signing what would presumably be a lesser deal should he find no other offers to his liking. If the Jags are all-in on Bortles, a multiyear contract could be in the offing.
Before the 2017 season started, we used the preseason point spreads and Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, to extrapolate how the NFL’s teams were expected to perform. At that time, the Giants were expected to finish the season with a 10-6 record, making them contenders in the NFC East. Now they are on pace for a three-win season, making them the biggest underachievers of the year. But they’re not alone. Here’s a look at the most disappointing and most pleasantly surprising teams of the NFL season.