Jaguars bench QB Blake Bortles as struggles continue

Jaguars bench QB Blake Bortles as struggles continue

The Jaguars benched starting quarterback Blake Bortles Sunday after struggling against the Texans.

Bortles, who signed a three-year, $54 million contract extension this offseason, lost two fumbles and had just 63 yards passing while falling behind 20-0 against the Texans.

Jacksonville entered the game on a two-game losing streak with Bortles failing to make plays while continuously turning the ball over. Former Browns QB Cody Kessler replaced Bortles in the lineup.

Kessler, who played collegiately at USC, competed two of his first four passes for just six yards. He likely won’t provide much of an upgrade, but the benching could send a message to Bortles.

The Jaguars entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but the defense has underperformed and the offense, with Leonard Fournette injured and Bortles out of form, have failed to inspire.