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Blaine Gabbert realistic about Jags adding a quarterback

Blaine Gabbert, AP

Blaine Gabbert hasn’t been operating under illusions when it comes to his job security with the Jaguars.

He’s said all offseason that he expects to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job, a realistic approach even if he may have been laying it on a bit thick when he said it would be a “blast” to fight for the job two years after being Jacksonville’s first-round pick. Gabbert knows the lay of the land, which is why he’s just as easygoing about the prospect of the Jaguars adding another player to the competition in next week’s draft.

“We have two quarterbacks on the roster, so we know we have to have more going into camp,” Gabbert said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

And if the Jaguars were to draft a quarterback early to turn up the heat in the competition even more?

“Honestly, you can’t worry about that,” Gabbert said. “We’re pretty individually motivated to go out and play our best football.”

You wouldn’t expect to hear Gabbert say anything too different, but there wouldn’t be too much need for deep analysis of the situation if General Manager David Caldwell does decide to spend a pick in the first few rounds on a quarterback. It’s a new regime with no ties to Gabbert and spending a high pick on a quarterback when you have tons of holes to fill would provide any extra motivation Gabbert might need for a competition that should stretch well into the summer.

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20 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert realistic about Jags adding a quarterback”
  1. kayakattack says: Apr 18, 2013 8:07 AM

    If you put Blaine Gabbert’s work ethic, humility and attitude and combine that with Cam Newtons Athletic ability, you’d have the ultimate QB

  2. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 18, 2013 8:08 AM

    Sometimes on the field Blaine looks like he just doesn’t want to be there.

  3. richkotitte says: Apr 18, 2013 8:11 AM

    Starting Blaine will solidify the Jags chances of getting either Clowney or Manziel with the ‘first pick in the 2014 NFL draft”…..

  4. billyjaguar says: Apr 18, 2013 8:11 AM

    Gabbs, I bought your Jersey the first day it was released in Jax. You owe me $99.

  5. joetoronto says: Apr 18, 2013 8:19 AM

    Gabbert is a mental midget, way too soft upstairs.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 18, 2013 8:23 AM

    Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib could be a good pick up for the Jags. Gruden’s break down of him was impressive.

  7. coltzfan166 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:32 AM

    Never understood why Jacksonville drafted him in the first place. They would have been better off just sticking with David Garrard.

  8. fwippel says: Apr 18, 2013 8:36 AM

    I’m sorry, but if the Jaguars keep Gabbert and draft another QB in the first two rounds of this draft, it would go down as a mistake unless that QB ended up being a franchise type player.

    Gabbert has two years under his belt. If the team is convinced that he can’t play the position, they need to cut him loose, and find a QB in this draft. But hanging onto him and drafting another QB high? Nonsense.

    We would do well to remember that after three years in San Diego, Drew Brees was considered a bust, which is why they drafted Phillip Rivers. Well, we all know what has happened since.

    Not that Gabbert is another Brees waiting to happen, but either give the guy a shot, or cut him loose now. Spending two high draft picks in the span of three drafts (two years) for a franchise that needs help at just about every position isn’t smart.

  9. johanvil says: Apr 18, 2013 8:59 AM

    Nothing wrong with what he says but all you need to know about Gabbert is that he’s just not good enough.

    The sooner Jags find a better QB, the better for them.

  10. Obama's Ballsack says: Apr 18, 2013 9:35 AM

    You guys need to leave Blaine Gabbert alone.

  11. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 18, 2013 9:47 AM

    Sticking with Garrard? He’s about 34 right?

    He was outnofmthe NFL after being cut by both the Jags and the Dolphins. He couldn’t pla because he was injured in 2011.

    How’s that better off that’s 22 year old gu developing?

  12. cptkickurass says: Apr 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Personally, I am very thankful that the Jags took Gabbert in the first round because the Vikings would have if they didn’t….wait, we drafted Ponder a few picks later…never mind.

  13. tombradyswig says: Apr 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    blaine realistic about sucking

  14. hehateme2 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:42 AM

    Gabbert is a bust and the sooner the jags figure it out the sooner they can move forward towards respectability.

  15. therillest says: Apr 18, 2013 1:20 PM

    Let just hope the Jags front office is serious about adding a Quarterback too!

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 18, 2013 2:26 PM

    Everyone making it sound like Blaine never had to compete for ths starting job before or win over a new coaching staff. It’s all he’s done since he came into the league. He’s beaten out at least 10 other quarterbacks the Jags have had on roster over the past two seasons. Including Garrard, McCown, and Henne.

    More significantly he’s beaten out guys like Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn, Tim Tebow, Russell Wilson, etc. etc. who the JAGUARS NEVER BOTHERED TO PURSUE when they were available in draft or trade. Every other bottom feeding team in the league has been swapping starting quarterbacks around looking or the answer. EXCEPT JACKSONVILLE.

    There is a reason for that, and the reason is Blaine Gabbert. Not Chad Henne or some lame dope in the draft who is just as old as Gabbert, but wasn’t nearly good enough to come out of college the past two seasons.

  17. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    wow, a poster with the name “thegreatgabbert” is coming out in full support of Blaine Gabbert.
    How…predictable, yet, sad.

    You know what else is predictable? The Jacksonville Jaguars’ current streak of continued seasons without a postseason appearance.

    Doormat.

  18. Dream_Machine says: Apr 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    If you put Blaine Gabbert’s work ethic, humility and attitude and combine that with Cam Newtons Athletic ability, you’d have the ultimate QB
    —————————————————————Russell Wilson, No?

  19. blancodiablo says: Apr 18, 2013 5:02 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:Apr 18, 2013 2:26 PM

    More significantly he’s beaten out guys like Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn, Tim Tebow, Russell Wilson, etc. etc. who the JAGUARS NEVER BOTHERED TO PURSUE when they were available in draft or trade. Every other bottom feeding team in the league has been swapping starting quarterbacks around looking or the answer. EXCEPT JACKSONVILLE.
    ————————————————–

    Wow. Just wow. We were 2-14 last year. Yet you think Gabbert beat out Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson because the team was completely satisified with Gabbert. FYI, this team wouldnt spend the money for Manning and we took a punter instead of Wilson.

    Right now, I’m willing to trade Gabbert for a cheese sandwich. I imagine the same is true for the new regime. The real question is what team you will root for when Gabbert is sitting on someone else’s bench, fanboy.

  20. 13arod says: Apr 18, 2013 5:44 PM

    just get tebow

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