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.