Broncos sign Blake Bortles for 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent quarterback Blake Bortles. He signed a one-year deal with the Broncos.

He has to go through a 14-day quarantine, before he’s able to join his new teammates. He signed with the team following the injury to Drew Lock.

Former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Blake Bortles warms up before playing the Arizona Cardinals
Blake Bortles warms up before playing the Arizona Cardinals (Getty Images)

The first-year starter injured his shoulder against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was hit from behind by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree.

The hit caused Lock to fumble the ball. But, more importantly for the Broncos, it sidelined their signal-caller following the first quarter injury.

Lock will be sidelined for at least two-to-six weeks. He will be re-evaluated following two weeks.

Jeff Driskel – a career backup – is expected to be the Broncos starting quarterback until Lock returns. Driskel has a 1-7 career record in eight starts.

He started in place of Matthew Stafford last season with the Detroit Lions. However, with the Lions, he did not win a single game, as he went 0-3 as the interim starter for Stafford.

Before joining the Lions in 2019, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He went 1-4 as a starter in five games.

Lock went 1 of 5 for 20 yards before being injured. Driskel came in and went 18 of 34 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 26-21 loss to the Steelers.

The 27-year-old also had two carries for five yards.

Bortles played previously for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams. He had very little interest in the open market.

The 28-year-old Bortles made three appearances last season with the Rams; however, he did not start a single game. He went 1 of 2 for three yards.

Before signing a one-year deal with the Rams, he made 75 appearances, including 73 starts with the Jaguars. He was 24-49 as a starter with only one winning season during the 2017 season when he guided the team to a 10-6 mark during the regular season.

Bortles has gone 1,562 for 2,634 for 17,649 yards. He has had 103 touchdown passes and 75 interceptions.

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