Blake Bortles started his second preseason game for the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Nothing against Sean Mannion, but Bortles seemed like the much better option at backup since his starting experience alone from the time spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars made this move worth the risk.
Plus, with Sean McVay‘s history of quarterback development, if anyone was capable of bringing out the best in the former first-round pick, it would be the Rams head coach.
Since Jared Goff didn’t make the trip to Hawaii, all eyes were on Bortles at the beginning of the game to see how he would look against the Dallas Cowboys.
First off, it should be noted that Bortles along with numerous other backups on offense ended up facing off against starters of the Cowboys, meaning they were arguably at a disadvantage.
However, Bortles deserves plenty of credit for helping the Rams take advantage of a turnover on special teams in the first quarter by finding JoJo Natson for a seven-yard touchdown.
As expected, Bortles only saw limited action for Los Angeles since the last thing they want to do is see their backup suffer some sort of unnecessary injury, but he did look good from an overall perspective during the plays he was on the field.
On top of the touchdown pass to Natson, Bortles completed 7 of 11 passes for 62 yards to give him a 108.9 quarterback rating.
Preseason action can be difficult to get excited about at times, but at least the Rams have plenty of reasons to be thrilled over the progress Bortles continues to make when on the field.
Too many times across the league, teams watch their season take a turn for the worse when a starting quarterback goes down. And while there’s no reason to be concerned over Goff suffering an injury, the Rams are better off safe than sorry just in case by having someone like Bortles.
With two games remaining in preseason before the real action begins in September, here’s to hoping that Bortles continues to impress during these final two weeks to show once again they made the right choice back in March.
Signing Bortles was considered one of those moves with nothing to lose, and if all continues to go well, this could end up being an absolute steal for the Rams at backup quarterback.