The Jaguars aren’t giving up on quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
They aren’t handing him the job, either. In an interview with Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said that it will be “a wide-open competition” for the starting quarterback job in Jacksonville this season. Chad Henne is on the roster already and Caldwell hinted that the Jaguars could still add other players to compete for the job with their 2011 first-round pick.
Caldwell was also asked about quarterback coach Frank Scelfo’s contention that Gabbert would be the best quarterback in this year’s draft.
“I can’t really predict what 31 other teams would do, but there are some really good things to get excited about with Blaine in terms of his size, his arm strength and athleticism,” Caldwell said.
Answers like that show the fine line that the Jaguars are walking with Gabbert. He’s not Caldwell’s guy, but the Jags know that the quarterback landscape might not land them a clear upgrade on what they have now. That leaves them to keep trying hard to bolster Gabbert while also making sure to explore every other option available to them. It’s probably the wisest route for them to take right now, but it hardly provides a confident solution to the ongoing quarterback issue in Jacksonville.