Broncos cut Blake Bortles after Drew Lock practices in full leading up to Week 6
Blake Bortles didn't last long with the Denver Broncos. Bortles was released from the team on Saturday after quarterback Drew Lock completed a full week of training.
The Broncos promoted defender Sylvester Williams to take Bortles' place on the active roster.
Bortles signed with the Broncos after Lock sustained a shoulder injury in September. Bortles, a former top-3 overall winner, didn't play a single stroke for the Broncos. After Lock paused, the team reached out to Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien through Bortles.
With the release, Bortles will return to the free agent market. After starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars for five seasons, Bortles has only played three games since 2019. Last season he threw two passes with the Los Angeles Rams.
During his career, Bortles has executed 103 touchdowns and 73 interceptions.
The release of Blake Bortles could bode well for Drew Lock
The release of Bortles could mean the Broncos expect Lock to start against the Patriots in week 6. Lock injured his shoulder during the Broncos' Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and missed Denver's next two games due to the injury. Bortles was signed to give the Broncos more depth at the quarterback with lock out. His release suggests the Broncos no longer need that depth, possibly because Lock is ready to return.
Lock was able to train against the Patriots before the game. He was a full participant in training all week and is classified as questionable for Sunday's game.
This game could be in jeopardy, however, as both the Broncos and Patriots are dealing with players or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. The NFL has not yet postponed or canceled the competition.
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