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Rams QB Blake Bortles wants another opportunity to start

Blake Bortles, Rams

To say that the past year has been a roller coaster for Los Angeles Rams quarterback Blake Bortles would be an understatement.

Bortles went from leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game and earning a three-year, $54 million contract extension to being cut and joining the Rams as a backup.

That is a tough pill for anyone to swallow, but Bortles is keeping a positive attitude.

“I want to get an opportunity to start in this league and I think in order to do that, this is the best step,” Bortles said on Thursday, according to Clarence Dennis of the Rams’ official team website.

Of course, barring an injury to Jared Goff, Bortles won’t get a chance to start in Los Angeles, but perhaps another team will give him an opportunity sometime down the line.

Either way, Rams head coach Sean McVay is happy to have him.

“You can see that he’s always been a competitor and love the way that his teammates have always been a fan of his, I think that says a lot about the player and the person,” said McVay.

Bortles is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he made 12 starts and threw for 2,718 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 60.3 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 79.9. He actually lost his starting job to Cody Kessler later in the season, but then reclaimed the position as a result of Kessler not performing any better.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Central Florida, was originally selected by the Jaguars with the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.