The Rams added veteran support to their quarterbacks room this week, signing fifth-year former Jacksonville Jaguar Blake Bortles.
Bortles signed following his Monday visit with the Rams — a few days after he was released by the Jags, just before the club signed signal-caller Nick Foles to a four-year deal. The former No. 3 overall pick is expected to slot into the second-string spot behind quarterback Jared Goff headed into 2019, after spending time on and off the field in Jacksonville last season, where he threw for 2,718 yards and 13 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
Here's three things to know Goff's newest backup:
1. AFC TITLE RUN
A rocky 2018 for Bortles came after a serious run for a Super Bowl ring from the Central Florida product and his Jaguars in 2017.
Bortles threw 21 touchdowns and went 10-6 in 2017 to earn a spot in the postseason, where the AFC South division winners went on to beat the Bills and Steelers before a date with the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Bortles tossed three touchdowns without an interception in the playoff run, but ultimately fell short to quarterback Tom Brady and company.
2. FRANCHISE RECORD HOLDER
Bortles leaves Jacksonville with a handful of franchise records after five seasons as a Jaguar, including most completions in a season (368), most consecutive games with a touchdown (15), most passing yards in a season (4,428), and most passing touchdowns in a single game (5).
His career-high 35 touchdowns in 2015 also set a franchise record.
Along with Blake Bortles, likely comes @Bortlesfacts — a humorous Twitter account with over 100,000 followers that adamantly supports the quarterback.
For The Win’s Charles Curtis contacted the creator of the account last week and found the account will remain active despite their favorite quarterback hitting free agency.
So Rams fans could expect more tweets like these: