Jaguars QB Blake Bortles responds to Jadeveon Clowney calling him ‘trash’
The Jacksonville Jaguars clinched a postseason berth for the first time in a decade with their blowout win over the Houston Texans in Week 15. The Jaguars were led by another strong three-touchdown performance from quarterback Blake Bortles.
However, Bortles’ success did not stop Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney from referring to the Jaguars’ signal caller as “trash” after the game. Bortles has since responded by taking the high road to Clowney’s comments, per Mark Long of the Associated Press
“If the way we’re playing is trash, then I’m fine with being trash.”
Bortles’ course of action should come as no surprise considering he has all the leverage over Clowney in this situation. Not only has he finally started to prove himself as a potential franchise quarterback, but the Jaguars have replaced the Texans atop the AFC South and don’t appear to be going anywhere soon with their vaunted defense.
It has been quite the road to redemption for the former third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles’ performance fluctuated over the last three years, so this season was essentially his last chance to prove himself as the franchise QB Jacksonville drafted him to be before possibly moving on. Needless to say, he has made a solid case for the front office to keep him around after recording the best quarterback rating of his career through 14 games in 2017 (89.7).