JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Blake Bortles is looking forward to Week 7.
The third-year quarterback helped lead his team to a comeback victory against the Chicago Bears in Week 6. Now he will have to out-duel draft classmate and Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr when the Jaguars host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Carr and Bortles (along with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater) will be linked for the rest of their careers. Both were among the first three quarterbacks selected in the 2014 NFL Draft and both have produced touchdowns at a high rate.
Carr has thrown for 8,865 passing yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in 38 games. In 35 games, Bortles has produced 8,657 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. Carr has completed 60.7-percent of his passes, while Bortles has a 59.1 completion percentage for his career.
"Derek’s an awesome guy, obviously an awesome quarterback, been doing a good job," Bortles said. "I think it will be cool to get an opportunity to play the quarterback that was in the same draft class.”
Of the two quarterbacks, Carr has been more consistent. He avoids turnovers and his completion percentage, yards per completion and quarterback rating have improved each year.
Bortles is the gunslinger and he has produced passing yards in bunches. Carr has played in three more games than Bortles, but the two are within eight passing yards of each other.
Bortles takes risks, while Carr mostly stays within his wheelhouse. Due to their differing approaches, Bortles has tallied 14 more interceptions than Carr.
The Jaguars quarterback is also more of mobile threat, as he has produced 545 more rushing yards and three more rushing touchdowns than his Oakland counterpart.
The two quarterbacks are asked to do different things and their styles differ dramatically.
"You can say it’s the same guy calling plays but if you go watch Oakland games and watch our games, it’s different plays being called, it’s different schemes and formations,” Bortles said.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson coached Carr during his rookie year and he has worked with Bortles for the last two seasons.
“He’s done a really good job of not coming in and saying this is the system I run and this is what we’re going to run," Bortles said.
"I think that’s what Oly does extremely well at is kind of molding his scheme to the personnel and the players. He’s definitely done that from a quarterback standpoint and I think from a whole personnel standpoint of an offense in its entirety as well because it is different."
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