2. Blake Bortles
The main question the NY Giants should be asking when evaluating potential backup QB’s this off-season is ‘can this guy come in and win us a football game?’. To me, the answer to that question when looking at Blake Bortles is an easy yes. Did he pan out as a #3 overall draft pick? No, but that’s not the context we’re currently discussing him in.
Bortles also possesses a somewhat similar skill set to Daniel Jones in terms of their athleticism, so him coming in for Jones wouldn’t change all that much as he has a big arm and can run read options (should that be something that’s installed into this offense, which has been rumored). Bortles has thrown 103 TDs to 78 Ints in his career and has racked up 1,775 rushing yards and 8 more TDs on the ground.
Even more importantly, Bortles has three career playoff games under his belt. Not many are expecting Big Blue to make the post-season in 2020, and if they did and Daniel Jones that would be catastrophic, but that type of experience doesn’t typically hit the open market for the affordable price Bortles should sign for.
The former Jaguar signed on with the Rams for just $1M to play in 2019, and although he’ll likely want more in 2020, he’s surely not going to break the bank. Money doesn’t appear to be a huge factor for Bortles at this point as he made a boatload on his rookie contract with Jacksonville, although he may be looking for more of a shot to be a starter than he’ll get with the Giants.
This would be a terrific signing, though.