This article is part of our Job Battles series.
You look away two weeks and the Jaguars completely, summarily collapse. A few days after trading a fifth-round pick for Carlos Hyde for an ostensible playoff run, the idea already seems comical. Bortles has generally been the same as always on a per-play sort of basis, so in that sense it's odd that it was Sunday against the Texans that the Jacksonville organization snapped and looked to an alternative.
It appears that Kessler's efforts from that point, however, were not enough to convince the Jaguars to give up their Bortles habit. Kessler completed 21-of-30 passes for 156 yards, one touchdown, and one interception after Bortles completed 6-of-12 for 61 yards, but coach Doug Marrone named Bortles the starter for Sunday's London game against Philadelphia. Curiously, the two are splitting first-team reps on some basis this week. I can't imagine that helps either player, but there we are.
Kessler is in a lot of ways the opposite of Bortles. The former USC star is smallish with underwhelming throwing velocity but viable accuracy, whereas Bortles looks like a Create A Player product between his build and arm strength, but frequently displays jaw-dropping inaccuracy. There's a good argument that Kessler should be owned in 2QB leagues just in case Bortles flops again.
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