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Cowboys DE Tank Lawrence on playing Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: ‘What challenge?’

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tank Lawrence is wonderfully honest, so I wanted to know if the quarterback he just faced was a challenge.

Was Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles a challenge for Tank and his teammates?

“Why you say that?” Tank asked me.

Because I want to know if Blake Bortles was a challenge for Tank and his teammates.

“I mean, (expletive deleted), the score was 40-7,” Lawrence said. “I played limited snaps. What challenge?

“I had 25 snaps. The score was 40-7. What are we talking about here?”

Opposite the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday was the biggest mouth in the NFL, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who both intercepts and destroys quarterbacks with his mouth.

Perhaps, as karma, his quarterback is the most targeted passer in the NFL. Not in a good way.

The former No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft can’t shake his mediocrity, and the Cowboys emasculated both he and his teammates on Sunday.

The Jags had 10 first downs, and were 4 of 11 on third downs.

To use Jalen Ramsey’s description of so many other NFL quarterbacks, Bortles was trash.

Against the Cowboys, Bortles was 15 of 26 passing for 149 yards with one touchdown, one interception and he was sacked three times. His passer rating was 70.8.



Even when the Cowboys were ahead 24-0, and giving up underneath routes to keep the clock moving in the second half, Bortles couldn’t do anything.

“Pretty much a waste of a day and a trip,” Bortles said after the game.

Indeed. Because the Jags fly private, Bortles didn’t even get the frequent flyer miles, either.

Sunday was easily the worst day of what has been mostly a decent season, statistically, for Bortles. Three times this season he has passed for more than 350 yards in a game; he has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Bortles, and the rest of his teammates, were bad against the Cowboys.

And, to answer the question, no, Bortles wasn’t much of a challenge.

A fan breached security during the national anthem and walked up and down the platform above the field level suites with a sign urging people to vote Republican.



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