At the snap, Prescott and Elliott pivot to their left to sell that the play is flowing that way. Meanwhile, Frederick has a split second to prevent Joseph from penetrating through the A-gap between him and Martin. If Joseph comes low and hard, Frederick will stay and double-team him with Martin. But when Joseph stands straight in containment, that’s Frederick’s cue to chip him with his right elbow, then leap into the second level of defenders, where he engulfs weakside linebacker Chad Greenway.
Martin opens to the left, then pistons his hands into the right side of Joseph’s rib cage with enough force to bounce his 329-pound frame sideways almost 3 full yards.
Bortles hasn’t played well this season. He’s completing a career-low 57.8 percent of his passes for 3,279 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he’s turned the ball over 20 times (16 interceptions), which is the second-most in the NFL behind Philip Rivers’ 23. He’s been playing with a shoulder injury that he suffered against Detroit on Nov. 20, but the Jaguars have resisted sitting him.
Bortles isn’t alone. The offense hasn’t scored 20 or fewer points seven times since their last victory, which came Oct. 16 in Chicago. The defense has forced a league-low 10 turnovers and Jalen Ramsey’s interception last Sunday was the first by a Jaguars cornerback this season.
The special teams has either committed a significant penalty, turnover, or given up a long return in the past nine games.
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“I think there’s a lot of excuses or a lot of crutches that are easy to use [for why the Jaguars didn’t win more games],” Bortles said. “The reason for everything that’s happened is because we haven’t played well. I haven’t played well. We haven’t played well and that’s why all this change has happened.
Elite Tobias Harris Jersey You’ve got to figure out how to play. You’ve got to figure out how to win in order to kind of create some kind of continuity and consistency here in this organization.”