Can Blake Bortles play with consistency? When the Jaguars went 3-1 in December with wins over the Colts, Seahawks and Texans, Bortles completed nearly 69 percent of his passes. But then he was 15 of 34 with two interceptions in a regular-season-ending loss to the Titans.
While the Jaguars have beaten the Bills and Steelers so far in the playoffs, Bortles has made more plays with his legs than his arm. He is just 26 of 49 (53 percent) for 301 yards and two touchdowns, but most important has not turned the ball over. He will need to continue to take care of the ball against the Patriots but must also find more consistency as a thrower.
After the comment was reported by ESPN, McNair apologized for it. Some players, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, did leave. McNair met with Texans players Saturday and expressed regret about his remark. He said in another written statement that he his remark was meant to refer to the owners’ relationship with the league office.
Malcolm Jenkins against Rob Gronkowski — Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have more to worry about than Gronkowski with Brady running the offense. The Eagles will certainly try to pressure Brady with Fletcher Cox, Chris Long and Derek Barnett up front, but Brady has a quick release and will push the ball downfield.
While Danny Amendola made several clutch catches in the 24-20 win over the Jaguars and Dion Lewis has been dangerous all season, the key to stopping the Patriots will be containing Gronkowski.
The big Patriots tight end missed the second half of the AFC championship game and the Patriots won the Super Bowl last year with an injured Gronkowski shelved. Assuming he’s cleared from Sunday’s concussion over the next two weeks, Gronkowski figures to be a big factor in New England’s game plan. Stopping Brady won’t be easy, but Gronkowski was New England’s leading receiver all season and has to be priority No. 1 for the Eagles.
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