For the 2nd straight week, the Patriots will face off against a quarterback that isn't afraid to run. While Blake Bortles is not Tyrod Taylor, he isn't afraid to tuck it and run, which is beginning to become the norm in our modern NFL.
Unlike Taylor, Bortles looks to pass first. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop him from running. Bottles' 6-foot-5, 245 pound frame may take a little bit more to get going, but once he has put it into his second or third gear, he is hard to track down. This season, Bortles, who has rushed 6 times for 56 yards, is averaging 8.8 yards per carry.
That means, for a second week, the Patriots need to be focused on pocket containment. And, while the Patriots had 8 sacks again Buffalo last week, they need to do a better job of bringing a controlled rush to the quarterback. It is imperative that pass rushing lineman and linebackers, such as Jamie Collins, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, and Chandler Jones, stay in their lanes to deny Bortles the opening that he may need to make something out of nothing.
Bortles, who was the #3 overall pick in 2014 NFL draft, is a much more polished NFL quarterback. He has started in 15 games in his career and looks to be one of the up-and-coming faces in the NFL. However, I think that the Patriots will be able to contain him and down the Jacksonville Jaguars with relative ease.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS