It appears Josh Rosen isn’t the only former first-round pick on the Atlanta Falcons’ radar this week.
According to ESPN insider Field Yates, the Falcons worked out Blake Bortles. He was released by the Green Bay Packers in late July.
Bortles, 29, spent the 2020 season with the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams. However, he has not thrown a pass in a regular season game since 2019.
The Falcons have not yet made a decision as to whether they’ll sign Bortles. If they do add him to the roster, he’d be fourth on the depth chart behind Matt Ryan, Feleipe Franks and Josh Rosen.
Atlanta is aggressively looking for reinforcements at quarterback because A.J. McCarron suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend. That’s why the front office agreed to terms on a deal with Rosen earlier this Tuesday.
In addition to signing QB Josh Rosen, the Falcons worked out Blake Bortles 🛥
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 24, 2021
With their preseason finale set for this Sunday, the Falcons should make a decision on Bortles fairly soon. The front office would need to sign him in the coming days if they want to see him in action this weekend.
Bortles hasn’t lived up to expectations since entering the NFL, but perhaps he can be a serviceable backup for the Falcons.
The Falcons might not even need their backup quarterbacks to take a single snap during the regular season because they have one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league. Since being drafted in 2008, Ryan has only missed three games.
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