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.

39 responses to “Blaine Gabbert’s first preseason start is in the books

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

  2. 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?

  3. @nflwatcher,

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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
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    So robigd, were those Pro Bowl 2nd and 3rd teamers that Gabbert faced? Read the article BEFORE you post, moron.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?
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    I’ll take that bet.

    Moron.

  13. 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?
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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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?
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    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.
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    And you came to this conclusion based on 2 quarters of football. Now that make perfect sense.

  19. 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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