Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has had one of the worst, if not the worst start to an NFL career. Only eleven career wins, is near the top when it comes to turnovers and just simply can’t get of the slump he is in. Going into his fourth year, he has a new head coach in Doug Marrone who has Tom Coughlin with him, a true running game and reliable receivers around him. His fifth-year option was picked up, but the pressure is still on for Bortles.
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette enters the league as a potential dominating back who will excel in rookie season. The Jaguars took him in the first round, fourth overall in this years’ draft adding a now potential running game to help out the offense. We have been watching Fournette since the start of the process of the draft and he has done well. The Jags took him in hopes of being a big contribution to this offense, but how well will he handle this kind of pressure?
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A questions that may not of been thought of, is who has more pressure on them to succeed this year, Fournette or Bortles?
This may be a silly question, but Bortles could be playing his final season for the Jaguars if he doesn’t improve and Fournette will need to live up to the hype and expectations just like Ezekiel Elliott did last year as the fourth pick overall. If Bortles can’t get on track and put points on the board through the air, Fournette will have to do the dirty work and get in the endzone himself which could take a toll on him.
Who has more pressure heading into Week 1?
I’m going to say that Blake Bortles has more because of his career so far and if he doesn’t perform better this season then Jacksonville could be finding another quarterback. He has his receivers, a producing running back and a defense that is strong so there should be no reason why Bortles can’t produce himself. Even though Bortles is on a hot seat, Fournette still has to face the pressure as a sensational rookie who was taken very high as a running back.
While it is more than likely that Fournette will excel this season, if he doesn’t live up to expectations, then there is another problem that the Jags would have to face. I don’t see it as a problem, but we will see how Fournette will perform and handle this kind of pressure.