Titans, Jaguars, Play for Pride and Next Season
Tonight we will see what may possibly be the greatest NFL game to ever appear on Thursday Night Football. The 2-12 Tennessee Titans will go to Jacksonville and take on the 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars in a game that means absolutely nothing to anyone, unless you happen to be on the field playing and would like to extend your NFL career for a while.
Honestly, this game won’t draw a lot of attention, but it’s worth watching. In the modern day NFL, everything is always in transition. In this case the Jacksonville Jaguars will hopefully put Blake Bortles out on the field if he returns from an ankle injury. I’m always interested in watching the progress of rookie quarterbacks. (See Johnny Manziel). While Bortles hasn’t drawn the attention of his counterpart in Cleveland, he could possibly turn out to be one of the better quarterbacks of the future.
Bortles rookie season has been a tough one. He’s thrown 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but he has completed over 60% of his passes and shown signs of competence. The key here, as it is for any quarterback, is to give Bortles some protection and get him some weapons to utilize. Any quarterback forced to make things happen will have a rough outing if he doesn’t have the proper tools around him. Given time and teammates, Bortles will turn out to be a decent quarterback, at least I think so.
Unfortunately, we won’t see much potential on the other side of the ball. The Titans are about done with Jake Locker in my opinion. I would love to see Zach Mettenburger out there but a shoulder injury will keep him out. Instead, we’ll get Charlie Whitehurst, perpetual journeyman. Given time and a running game, Mettenburger could be the answer in Tennessee but that will have to wait for next season.Eric Drouant