Bill Belichick’s defense worked hard to contain the scrambling ability of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in a Week 1 win. Looking to Week 2, the Patriots coach is concerned about the same thing regarding Black Bortles.
The Jaguars quarterback broke free for a 41-yard run against the Giants on an option-keeper play. And according to Belichick in a Wednesday press conference, Bortles is on par with Watson and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in terms of mobility and keeping plays alive.
“He runs well,” said Belichick. “He’s a big, strong kid. He’s hard to bring down. He can extend plays, so just similar to the quarterback’s we’ve seen, really, the past three weeks, not counting the Giants game, but we’ve seen this three weeks in a row with players that have that type of skill and, yeah, he’s definitely in that category.”
The Patriots played Newton and the Panthers in Week 3 of the preseason. Newton rushed for 13 yards on two carries before being pulled for his backups.