Bortles benched, Jaguars implode after 20-7 loss to Texans

Published 2:28 a.m. ET Oct. 22, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles is no longer Jacksonville’s starting quarterback.

Whether he regains the job in the next week is anybody’s guess.

Bortles fumbled on the team’s third play of each half, leading to 10 points and his benching in a 20-7 loss to AFC South rival Houston on Sunday.

Coach Doug Marrone yanked Bortles after the second turnover — his eighth in three games — and gave former Cleveland starter Cody Kessler a shot.

Marrone gave no indication afterward if Bortles or Kessler would be under center when the reeling Jaguars (3-4) play a “home game” against Philadelphia (3-4) in London next week.

“It’s open,” Marrone said. “Who’s the starter at right tackle? Who’s the starter at center? Who’s the starter at receiver? Who’s the starter? Everything is open. We’ve lost three straight games and we can’t stop shooting ourselves…

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