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Blaine Gabbert’s first preseason start is in the books

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Blaine Gabbert’s first preseason start as the Jaguars “quarterback of the future” included a few nice moments, a lot of timing problems, and a handful of mistakes.

In short, he looked like a rookie.

Gabbert completed 9-of-16 passes for 85 yards in one half of action, primarily against New England’s second and third teamers.  (The Patriots rested almost all their starters.)  One easy interception was dropped by the Patriots.  The Jaguars scored nine points in Gabbert’s half although two of the field goals came on three-and-outs on possessions starting deep in New England territory.

When Gabbert found his first read, he made some nice throws. He also made one nice pass under pressure off his back foot to convert a third-and-long, showing off his arm. That’s the good stuff.

Like most rookies, Gabbert took too long to process information. He took three sacks, often from holding the ball too long.  He also missed a few open receivers when he felt pressure, and his timing with his wideouts was often off.

This was a nice opportunity for Gabbert to learn.  He didn’t show anything that would make us think he can seriously challenge David Garrard for the starting job yet, but he didn’t embarrass himself either.

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39 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert’s first preseason start is in the books”
  1. theblackelk says: Aug 11, 2011 10:17 PM

    Gabbert looked okay, but Mallett really looked sharp.

  2. lildon96 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:19 PM

    If he was the QB for Pittsburgh, his name would be Blaine Grabbert.

  3. bobbinski1229 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:21 PM

    Well at least Jacksonville fans have the arena bowl to look forward to tomorrow.

  4. lildon96 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:22 PM

    If he was the MLB for Baltimore, his name would be Blaine Stabbert.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:23 PM

    jaguars dont have fans

  6. benh999 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:31 PM

    Hoyer and Mallett looked far better. If Garrard doesn’t get healthy soon, the Jags will be in for a long season.

  7. green18blue52 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:37 PM

    Ya but how did Mallett do?

  8. hedden93 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:38 PM

    His receivers didn’t help. Had like 3 drops.

  9. jaxbill says: Aug 11, 2011 10:41 PM

    Gabbert often had little time to throw since backup RT Guy Whimper was getting abused.

  10. jredshoes says: Aug 11, 2011 10:42 PM

    He’s a Missouri Tiger. They are slow learners unless it’s how to cook meth from nose spray

  11. themitchfootball.com says: Aug 11, 2011 10:44 PM

    I swear this website has a man crush on Blaine Gabbert. What is this, his third headline?

  12. profootballwalk says: Aug 11, 2011 10:52 PM

    Mallett looked better.

  13. nflwatcher says: Aug 11, 2011 10:54 PM

    Didn’t you think it was worth mentioning that 3rd pick Ryan Mallett had 164 yards passing in his half against the Jags considering the Pattriots him rated him higher than Gabbard before the draft?

  14. bossisforboston says: Aug 11, 2011 11:04 PM

    Chung dropped the INT, right in his face/hands…

  15. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Aug 11, 2011 11:11 PM

    Maybe the Jags should have chosen Mallett–he looked mighty nice.

  16. robigd says: Aug 11, 2011 11:20 PM

    @nflwatcher,

    Don’t you think its worth mentioning Mallett was playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week?

  17. polegojim says: Aug 11, 2011 11:22 PM

    At least they’re building and testing the metal.

  18. simplesimon1 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:23 PM

    Just like many on here have mentioned, Gabbert was nothing close to Mallett. Too bad people get so wrapped up in “issues” in college from these young kids. Mallett was easily the best QB coming out this year.

  19. pthompson1187 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:24 PM

    I doubt he looked as bad as TJax from seahawks. Sweet Jesus he looked bad. I know he’s only been with them for a few weeks but still looks as bad as he did in Minnesota. And Jackson ISN’T a rookie.

  20. hobartbaker says: Aug 11, 2011 11:31 PM

    Gabbert got exactly what you want a rook to get out of a preseason game, especially the first. He got a lot of pressure, had three passes dropped, and no run support. Most of the things that could go wrong, did. That what you learn from. Not much point having a smooth, easy, go of it like the Pats QBs did. You want that in the regular season.

  21. bossisforboston says: Aug 11, 2011 11:42 PM

    I forgot to mention it was a terrible throw lol

  22. nflwatcher says: Aug 11, 2011 11:47 PM

    Hey robirg, Wilfork, Mayo ,McCourty, didn’t play a snap against Gabbard.

  23. threegriffons says: Aug 12, 2011 12:00 AM

    robigd says:
    Aug 11, 2011 11:20 PM
    @nflwatcher,

    Don’t you think its worth mentioning Mallett was playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week?

    So was Gabbert’s, Pats didn’t play there starters.

    so really its not worth mentioning, kinda assumed during pre-season.

  24. jluttrell32 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:27 AM

    heblackelk says: Aug 11, 2011 10:17 PM Gabbert looked okay, but Mallett really looked sharp.
    ___________________________________________

    The past few years it hasn’t taken much to look sharp against the Jags D. Heck, if Ryan Leaf could play against Jacksonville every week, he could come back and be MVP! And that’s coming from a Jags fan.

  25. mwcarolina says: Aug 12, 2011 12:33 AM

    people have to remember that Mallett played mainly vs. 3rd team players. Gabbert played more vs. the 2nd team players, there’s a bit of a difference. plus Gabbert was drafted high and was drafted to be the future.

  26. richm2256 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:36 AM

    robigd says:
    Don’t you think its worth mentioning Mallett was playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week?

    PFT: Gabbert completed 9-of-16 passes for 85 yards in one half of action, primarily against New England’s second and third teamers
    ——————————————————-

    So robigd, were those Pro Bowl 2nd and 3rd teamers that Gabbert faced? Read the article BEFORE you post, moron.

  27. drgfri says: Aug 12, 2011 1:01 AM

    Yo Gabbert Gabbert looked pretty bad in my opinion. Mallett looked much better.

  28. tradeassociation says: Aug 12, 2011 1:02 AM

    robigd:

    Gabbert was also playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week. If Ryan Mallett played for Missouri last season, the Tigers win the Big 12. If Blaine Gabbert played for Arkansas last season … well actually Gabbert would have never gotten on the field for Arkansas last season, because Arkansas’ backup last year was better than Gabbert.

  29. pfii63 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:27 AM

    robigd says:
    Aug 11, 2011 11:20 PM
    @nflwatcher,

    Don’t you think its worth mentioning Mallett was playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week?
    —————————————————

    I’ll take that bet.

    Moron.

  30. legendaryjedeye says: Aug 12, 2011 1:50 AM

    Someone forgot to tell New England that it was a preseason game, 47 points…goodness!

  31. anthonioustheprettygood says: Aug 12, 2011 7:40 AM

    lildon96 says:Aug 11, 2011 10:22 PM

    If he was the MLB for Baltimore, his name would be Blaine Stabbert

    And if he was the head coach of the Jets, he’d be Blaine Flabbert

  32. whatswiththehate says: Aug 12, 2011 7:44 AM

    robigd says:Aug 11, 2011 11:20 PM

    @nflwatcher,

    Don’t you think its worth mentioning Mallett was playing against guys who will be bagging groceries next week?
    ——————
    So what are u trying to say, certain folks are to stupid to do anything else but play sports. WOW…will some never cease to amaze.

    Anyway, I believe the article stated that the Patriots rested almost all of their starters. So I guess Blaine was playing against future grocery baggers on the Patriots. Doesn’t bode well for him since he was annointed the ONLY NFL READY QB in this past draft season.

    Go Mallett.

  33. sj39 says: Aug 12, 2011 7:56 AM

    Mallett will soon replace Brady.

  34. robigd says: Aug 12, 2011 9:09 AM

    Wow, got some serious Mallett love here. Pretty sad. I am sure the crack head would greatly appreciate the support you are providing to a 3rd string QB.

    Gabbert has the “it” factor whether you like it or not.

  35. wmthomas3 says: Aug 12, 2011 9:16 AM

    Gabbert looked fine for his first week and a half in the league. At least Jacksonville won’t have to worry about Gabbert failing his drug tests, Like YO! the dope football playa!

  36. mwcarolina says: Aug 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    Gabbert didnt look bad and he wasnt just playing 2nd teamers, he played a LITTLE bit of the 1st teamers, but then it was 2nd teamers. Mallett just played vs. 3rd teamers. Mallett was great yes, but Gabbert would’ve been just as good if he were in Mallett’s situation and if Mallett were in his he would’ve likely struggled

  37. thelonious says: Aug 12, 2011 10:09 AM

    I love how people here are trying to measure the quality of rookie quarterbacks (in fact, ANY rookie at ANY position) based on a single preseason game after a four-month lockout, less that two weeks of practice in camp and neither team fielding most of their starters on either side.

    Suppose Gabbert goes out and lights it up next week and Mallet craps the bird?

    None of this proves anything, and the only people to whom these games should matter even in the slightest are the players and their coaches.

    Getting into a “my guy is better than your guy” thing is just a monumental waste of time.

    Get over it.

  38. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 12, 2011 12:04 PM

    themitchfootball.com says:
    Aug 11, 2011 10:44 PM
    I swear this website has a man crush on Blaine Gabbert. What is this, his third headline?
    ————————————————
    Yeah it’s way over kill with this Blaine Gabbert stuff. I could really use an Philly “dream team” headline again. Just can’t get enough of that.

    girlsinthesouthlovefootball says:
    Aug 11, 2011 11:11 PM
    Maybe the Jags should have chosen Mallett–he looked mighty nice.
    ———————————————–
    And you came to this conclusion based on 2 quarters of football. Now that make perfect sense.

  39. rc33 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:53 PM

    You know what doesn’t needed to be pointed out….to anyone?
    The fact that it was a pre season game.
    We get it. And we understand all the over-hype that can come as a result.
    Just like some college basketball player who scores 25 in the Vegas Summer League than can’t make an NBA roster. It’s understood.

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