He completed 17 of 31 passes for 159 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and two sacks. His 40.3 passer rating against Cleveland was the worst of any starting quarterback that played on Sunday.
Bortles found solace in that Jacksonville walked away with its first win of the season, but also gave an honest assessment of his performance.
“Bad, not good,” Bortles said, according to the St. Augustine Record. “The defense and offensive line and running game won this game, no doubt about it. Anybody can see that. Obviously, I’m not happy with the way I played, but I’m extremely happy with the outcome of the game.”
Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has lost three of his four starts with Jacksonville, and has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,163 yards with five touchdowns and an NFL-high 10 interceptions. He also has 143 yards rushing.
Despite the quarterback's stats against Cleveland, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said Bortles showed poise during the game.
“Blake stayed strong throughout. He didn’t flinch. I know the [interceptions] bothered him, but he got right back in there," Bradley said.
Jacksonville plays at home against the Miami Dolphins (3-3) on Sunday.
- Scooby Axson