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5 things to know about new Packers QB Blake Bortles

Seventh-year veteran previously worked with Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

QB Blake Bortles
QB Blake Bortles

GREEN BAY – The Packers have added a third quarterback to their offseason roster after signing veteran Blake Bortles.

Bortles, 29, has completed 1,562-of-2,634 passes (59.3%) for 17,649 yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions (80.6 passer rating) over seven NFL seasons. He also rushed for 1,766 rushing yards on 283 carries with eight TDs.

Prior to Bortles' signing, the Packers had just two quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love) on the roster entering the offseason program.

Here are five things to know about the newest Packers QB:

1. Bortles started 72 straight regular-season games for Jacksonville.

Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, started 72 consecutive regular-season games for the Jaguars after becoming the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 of his rookie season.

In his third full season as the Jaguars' starting QB, Bortles helped lead Jacksonville to a 10-6 record and an appearance in the 2017 AFC Championship Game. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound quarterback owns multiple franchise records, including most passing yards (4,428) and touchdown passes (35) in a single season.

His 17,646 passing yards and 103 career TD passes are second in Jacksonville history to former Packers quarterback Mark Brunell's 25,698 yards and 144 TDs. Bortles is the only QB in Jacksonville history to throw for more than 3,500 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

Bortles' 73 overall starts are third most in team history behind Brunell (117) and David Garrard (76).

2. He has history with Nathaniel Hackett and Marcedes Lewis

Hackett, entering his third season as Green Bay's offensive coordinator, was Bortles' quarterbacks coach from 2015-16 in Jacksonville before being promoted to offensive coordinator late in the 2016 season.

Together, Hackett and Bortles aided the Jaguars in finishing second in red-zone TD percentage (64.0) and a No. 1 league ranking in goal-to-go TD percentage (85.7) during Jacksonville's run to the AFC title game in 2017.

Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis' final four seasons in Jacksonville coincided with Bortles' first four. Lewis started all 50 games he played for the Jaguars during that stretch, catching 78 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns.

Snapshots of newly-signed Green Bay Packers QB Blake Bortles. Photos from AP.

3. Bortles kept it local.

Prior to signing with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, Bortles had never played for a team outside the state of Florida. A native of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Bortles threw for 5,576 yards and 53 touchdowns at Oviedo High School in 2009. He was a three-star recruit by Rivals.

Central Florida, with a campus located 15 minutes from Oviedo, was the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Bortles. Bortles went on to throw for 7,598 yards, 56 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 37 games with 27 starts for the Knights. He was college teammates with former Packers guard Justin McCray.

4. He has experience in a similar scheme.

After Bortles left Jacksonville in 2019, he was signed by the Rams to back up Jared Goff. Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur is a longtime friend and associate of Rams coach Sean McVay, even serving as McVay's offensive coordinator in LA in 2017.

Goff started all 16 games for LA that season, with Bortles just throwing two passes in three regular-season appearances. After a brief stint with Denver last year, Bortles finished the 2020 season as a member of the Rams' practice squad.

5. As a child, Bortles was a big fan of Brett Favre.

During an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on Reddit three years ago, Bortles identified Favre as his favorite quarterback as a kid.

Bortles also opened up about his love of Charizard and chicken tenders, and how he paid for his brother's college tuition with his first NFL paycheck.