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Marcedes Lewis believes Blaine Gabbert has taken step forward


Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne will battle for the starting quarterback job of the Jacksonville Jaguars when training camp opens on July 25. Gabbert is entering a pivotal season in his young career as he looks to prove he was worthy of a top 10 selection by the Jaguars in 2011.

After an incredibly underwhelming rookie season Gabbert was better last year but still struggled to produce consistently for the Jaguars. However, one of Gabbert’s teammates believes he has a chance to take another step forward this season. Tight end Marcedes Lewis appeared on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Wednesday and said he still believes in Gabbert.

I’m proud of him, regardless of what others may think. I know how hard it is for him, and I know he puts a lot of pressure on himself to be great,” Lewis said. “”It’s him and Chad Henne. They’re battling and the way he’s just stayed focused, put his head down and pinned his ears back, I think when it’s time to go and the season starts, he’ll be ready.”

Gabbert’s completion percentage rose from 50.8-percent in 2011 to 58.3-percent in 10 starts last season. The increased accuracy didn’t lead to increased points. Gabbert threw just nine touchdowns with six interceptions in his 10 games before being replaced by Henne.

Lewis said he thought Gabbert was a bit overwhelmed by being thrust into the starting job as a rookie. With another year under his belt Lewis feels Gabbert is more prepared for the role this time around.

“It’s been a little maturity there issue about just growing up and owning the offense and taking everybody under your wing and leading us where we want to go,” Lewis said. “So far this year from OTAs and quarterback school and being there, he’s taken that step forward.”

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31 Responses to “Marcedes Lewis believes Blaine Gabbert has taken step forward”
  1. Jorge Lancerio says: Jul 11, 2013 12:55 AM

    I hope so. He’d have to work pretty hard to take a step back.

  2. thefox61 says: Jul 11, 2013 12:55 AM

    Hopefully it’s when he’s throwing the ball in the right direction.

  3. siggtacular says: Jul 11, 2013 12:57 AM

    He’s not good

  4. jtbaudendistel says: Jul 11, 2013 1:01 AM

    But does Blain think his TE had taken any steps forward?

  5. coltzfan166 says: Jul 11, 2013 1:06 AM

    In his two years in Jax, two head coaches have been fired. Head coaches get fired because of bad quarterbacking.

  6. tacowrecker says: Jul 11, 2013 1:09 AM

    It wasn’t really a step forward, it was just Gabbert freaking out and running from imaginary JJ Watt’s out to destroy him

  7. jaxasc84 says: Jul 11, 2013 1:25 AM

    I hope Blaine Gabbert has taken a big step forward. Marcedes Lewis returning to his previous Pro Bowl level would certainly help.

  8. tebowislife says: Jul 11, 2013 1:47 AM

    Gabbert is a mush. It’s that simple. The sooner the Jags move on from him the better they will be.

  9. coryfor3 says: Jul 11, 2013 1:48 AM

    The doubts about Gabbert are only enhanced when you realize Mercedes Lewis is the guy on offense that attracts the media.

  10. ronworthdubbs says: Jul 11, 2013 1:53 AM

    Toward the unemployment line?

  11. nonjaghater says: Jul 11, 2013 2:01 AM

    Dude has talent. Gonna be good. Cue the haters

  12. mgavin78 says: Jul 11, 2013 3:38 AM

    Go jags!!! Woot woot!!

  13. greenmeattruck says: Jul 11, 2013 5:26 AM

    NFLTA reporter: ” So does that mean that he’s the guy that will lead you to the Super Bowl?… Mr Lewis… Mr Lewis… Ok, I’ll just give you a moment to pull yourself together.”

  14. hurricane73 says: Jul 11, 2013 5:56 AM

    People can laugh now but I promise in just a few years Jacksonville will have plenty of new bandwagon fans!

    It will be nearly impossible for the team to end up with a winning record this year due to their schedule. Having said that, I doubt they’ll have the 1st pick in the 2014 draft.

  15. joetoronto says: Jul 11, 2013 5:56 AM

    “Gabbert’s completion percentage rose from 50.8-percent in 2011 to 58.3-percent in 10 starts last season.”

    What’s not said here is that nobody had a lower yards per pass than Gabbert too.

    Just saying.

  16. floratiotime says: Jul 11, 2013 6:16 AM

    Everyone is great in the off season.

  17. mandmeisterx says: Jul 11, 2013 6:36 AM

    It would be pretty hard for him to take a step backward…

  18. swagjag says: Jul 11, 2013 7:02 AM

    He will win the starting job this year. The Jags will likely finish with 4-5 wins. And Gabbert will have to fight off whatever QB the team drafts in the first Round next year. This season is all about getting better.

  19. hehateme2 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:22 AM

    He’s a bust…time to let Henne see what he can do and plan for London!!

  20. prosourcetalk says: Jul 11, 2013 7:30 AM

    Too little too late

  21. dg0122 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:41 AM

    He should start putting pressure on himself to just be below average at this point. Great is light years away

  22. jagsandliquor says: Jul 11, 2013 7:48 AM

    That means no more “Blame Gabbert”

  23. andrewluck12 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:51 AM

    Gabberts one of those guys you root for. hope he has a great career, andrew luck needs some competition at QB in the AFC south

  24. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 11, 2013 7:57 AM

    Lewis needs to step up himself. He’s had one good year. Gabbert would have better numbers if Lewis could get open and do something with the ball after catching it besides falling down.

  25. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 11, 2013 8:17 AM

    The guy could take a giant leap for mankind forward and it wouldn’t help that lousy team!

  26. jagwires says: Jul 11, 2013 8:58 AM

    He was thrown into one of the worst situations a rookie QB can be thrown into. 3 O-Coordinators AND head coaches in 3 years now, one of the worst pass blocking Olines and receiving corps in the NFL.

    If Eli Manning can develop, Gabbert can too.

    Marcedes Lewis is still dead to me though, he has no hands at all.

  27. blackfootkiller says: Jul 11, 2013 9:16 AM

    Still hard to believe that Nike sold them that helmet design…
    Nike could sell pork to a pig.

  28. milkmandanimal says: Jul 11, 2013 9:39 AM

    Gabbert took a step up, but, per usual, was immediately sacked.

  29. rodge1 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:56 AM

    Denard Robinson is the best QB on that team followed by Henne… Who is Gabbert?

  30. sportsbastard says: Jul 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’m a HUGE Mizzou fan, and even I knew he was no more than a 3rd Rd QB.

  31. boyshole25 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:12 PM

    Shanny had it right when he traded the pick to the jags for this bum, he rolled w Rex and beck that year and they both are better than gabbert

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