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Gabbert out for preseason, will start regular season

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The competition is over in Jacksonville.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters Monday that Blaine Gabbert would start the regular season opener, officially ending the contest with Chad Henne.

Gabbert’s coming off his best performance in some time in Saturday’s preseason game against the Jets, a 13-of-16 performance that ended with a  thumb injury.

Bradley said it was actually a hairline fracture, which would keep Gabbert out of the next two preseason games, but “it could have been a lot worse.” He won’t need surgery to repair the damage, and should be ready in two weeks.

Realistically, this was the choice the Jaguars had to make all along. While Gabbert’s done little to inspire confidence in two years, he was a first-round pick, and the Jags needed to find out once and for all if he can play. If he can’t, he’ll have the chance to prove that this year, and they can move on.

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47 Responses to “Gabbert out for preseason, will start regular season”
  1. footballradioshow says: Aug 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    Gabbert has looked pretty good at times this preseason. NFL needs all the healthy qb’s it can get

  2. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Aug 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    America was on the edge of its collective seats waiting for the winner of this contest.

  3. radioactivechimp says: Aug 19, 2013 11:05 AM

    Fan Reaction to EJ Manuel out for Preseason: “OH NOOOO!!!”

    Fan Reaction to Blaine Gabbert out for Preaseason: “meh”

  4. rodge1 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:09 AM

    In other words, the Jags are planning to tank this season for the #1 pick next year.

  5. texanfan53 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    As a Texans fan I applaud this move.

  6. FlashPatterson says: Aug 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    Yeah, whatever… Henne is going to be starting sooner or later, hopefully for the Jags sooner.

  7. dubblelznhell says: Aug 19, 2013 11:12 AM

    Gabberts gonna throw for 4000 yards and 30 TDs. Just you watch…

  8. jaxasc84 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wasn’t much of a competition. Gabbert has run the offense smoothly.The Jags talking about Kafka or Matt Scott are delusional. There’s not a great QB option on the team, but Gabbert is the best of the four we have.

  9. gadman01 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:16 AM

    Gabbert, a real american

  10. jagfan4ever says: Aug 19, 2013 11:17 AM

    As a Top Ten Pick we should not have any competition at the QB position. He should own that position. Glad to know the decision was made to start GABBERT. Now he needs to WIN some games for the JAGS to show everyone that yes he belongs in the NFL

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 19, 2013 11:21 AM

    @joemontanawasthegreatest

    I love it when people are negative about a topic, but feel the need enlighten us with a comment with all of their wisdom. If you don’t care then don’t comment. It’s actually pretty simple.

  12. Corey Jeppesen says: Aug 19, 2013 11:21 AM

    Let’s hope Buffalo does the same with EJ Manuel and ends this Kolb nonsense.

  13. jcbrown1982 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:23 AM

    People bash Jag fans for starting Blaine Gabbert. We know he isn’t our future! Everyone knows its Aaron Murray :)

  14. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:25 AM

    Waste of a pock, hence why Gene Smith was fired.

  15. fruitcovejag says: Aug 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    Getting excited about the Jags and some NFL football!

  16. bahoto34 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:37 AM

    no disrespect to gabbert, but i could have a 13-16 performance against the jets.

  17. joetoronto says: Aug 19, 2013 11:48 AM

    Attention Jaguar fans:

    We have good news and bad news for you, first the good news….

    Blaine Gabbert is out for the preseason.

    Now the bad news….

    H’s going to start the regular season.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:53 AM

    Gabbert would maybe be decent if he didn’t injured as much as Jason Campbell. I’m even a Colts fan and I’m saying this. He simply wasn’t ready his rookie year.

  19. shackdelrio says: Aug 19, 2013 11:54 AM

    Looked like a decent offense with Jones-Drew and Blackmon in there on Saturday night. Get Cecil Shorts and Joeckel back, and Gabbert has no excuses.

  20. zoxitic says: Aug 19, 2013 11:55 AM

    Yup, blaine gabbert sucks.

    Just remember that when he beats your team.

  21. blacknole08 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:57 AM

    Congrats to Gabbert on being named the starter. Third coach on three years… I hope he proves the naysayers wrong and produces this season.

  22. zoxitic says: Aug 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    Attn joe toronto:

    I have good news and bad news for you.

    The good news is you’re right, blaine gabbert sucks.

    The bad news is that he will still beat your Raiders.

  23. jaxbeachjagfan says: Aug 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    I really wish there was a “Duh” button on here.

  24. japmen says: Aug 19, 2013 12:00 PM

    Gabbert gets injured too much and has had happy feet in previous years. Maybe he’s finally moved forward but the Jags aren’t a playoff contender either way.

    Hope he does well enough they can move forward though.

  25. zoxitic says: Aug 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    Texans fans are giddy that they can beat the jaguars. Not so giddy about beating someone besides the bengals in the playoffs.

  26. sfsugator says: Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    The Jaguars need to move to Los Angeles or draft Johnny Football to get out of that dump situation. My colts love it when Gabbert lines up behind center.

  27. therillest says: Aug 19, 2013 12:20 PM

    Jags are pulling a Polian. No depth, no pass rusher, no QB….sounds like a losing recipe to me. Very transparent!

    Is the NFL ok with teams tanking seasons before they even start to improve their draft position? Seems like it goes against the spirit of competition and parody that the league prides itself on. I guess its ok if you’re only hurting the fans and not the bottom-line…..go jags, I guess.

  28. fearthehoody says: Aug 19, 2013 12:46 PM

    Blaine Garbage out? Now who is gonna throw 3 picks a game and fumble twice??

  29. shackdelrio says: Aug 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    “sfsugator says:
    My colts love it when Gabbert lines up behind center.”

    Gabbert is 3-1 against the Colts.

  30. danrooneyii says: Aug 19, 2013 1:04 PM

    So did he finally learn to throw with his eyes open?

  31. cwk22 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:11 PM

    Waiting for thegreatgabbert to add comments telling us how wonderful he is and how he had to overcome such great diversity to get to this point. Ie, poor inexperienced receivers, poor blocking, his youthful age, three coaches, etc. and if he does poorly game one we will hear about how either his thumb injury was not healed, or how he had had no time to practice because of his thumb injury. And of course should he play well, how much better his QB rating was that game VS everyone else.

  32. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:38 PM

    the jags are the step children of the afc south, we know yr there, but dont that much attention to u, and MJD beat my colts, not gabbert

  33. zoxitic says: Aug 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 1:38 PM
    the jags are the step children of the afc south, we know yr there, but dont that much attention to u, and MJD beat my colts, not gabbert

    _______________________________

    Really? it was MJD who threw that 80 yard TD to Cecil Shorts to win the game?

  34. razzzmajazzz says: Aug 19, 2013 1:47 PM

    My dog plays QB better than Gabbert and shes been dead since ’82. I can’t wait until Gabbert gets us a top 3 pick next year and we can get a real QB.

  35. zoxitic says: Aug 19, 2013 1:50 PM

    fearthehoody says:
    Aug 19, 2013 12:46 PM
    Blaine Garbage out? Now who is gonna throw 3 picks a game and fumble twice??

    ___________________________________

    Blaine Gabbert has never thrown 3 INTs in one game…..EVER.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2013 1:53 PM

    Yap, yap, Colts fans, Gabbert has outperformed that goofy extra from the cast of Deliverance you have playing the position. Beat him head to head and finished the season with better completion rate and overall passer rating. With far less support.

    The last time Gabbert and Luck went head to head before the NFL was at the HS All American Bowl. Gabbert missed his whole senior season that year, walked into AA camp not having played in several months, and beat out Luck for the starting job. Better then, better now.

  37. nflfan1326 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    Good observation ShackdelRio! Yeah if Texans fans are worried about the Jags this year, they ain’t going nowhere. But, someone has to win the division.

  38. nflfan1326 says: Aug 19, 2013 2:00 PM

    @zoxitic Yeah, That was some throw to Cecil by MJD! Thanks for clarifying the bandwagoner. Don’t people watch the games. Sigh.

  39. shackdelrio says: Aug 19, 2013 2:26 PM

    “peytonsneck18 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 1:38 PM
    the jags are the step children of the afc south, we know yr there, but dont that much attention to u, and MJD beat my colts, not gabbert”

    3-1 must hurt

  40. sfsugator says: Aug 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    @shackdelrio

    dude mjd beat us not gabbert get your facts straight. how many super bowls have you guys been to since you came into the league. Oh here is a good stat number a big ol goose egg. if you don’t know what that is as my Mexican friends call it “cero”.

  41. fafaflunky says: Aug 19, 2013 2:42 PM

    I’ll root for the jags every time they play the colts,
    just to shut up that troll peytonsneck18..maybe they can throw any another season to get a decent RB

  42. 12444uggg says: Aug 19, 2013 2:44 PM

    Did I just read a load of B.S proclaiming Gabbert is better than Luck? I did. The sky is purple and the earth is flat.

  43. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 19, 2013 2:46 PM

    Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM
    The Jaguars need to move to Los Angeles or draft Johnny Football to get out of that dump situation. My colts love it when Gabbert lines up behind center.
    ————————————–
    You mean the same way Irsay was gonna move the Colts yet again until Peyton arrived. Glass house and stones my friends.

  44. jimmyt says: Aug 19, 2013 3:03 PM

    Gabbert did not play enough college ball and just isn’t the type of QB to start right out of the gate as a rookie. If he can get through the rough times he’ll be alright. I’m still suprised Kahn didn’t bring in Tebow for a season to put fans in the stands and probably win a few games in the mean time.

  45. nflfan1326 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:39 PM

    @sfsugator My god, Gabbert threw an 80 yd bomb to Cecil Shorts to win the game. Didn’t you watch the game?!!!

  46. blancodiablo says: Aug 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    sfsugator says: Aug 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    @shackdelrio

    dude mjd beat us not gabbert get your facts straight. how many super bowls have you guys been to since you came into the league. Oh here is a good stat number a big ol goose egg. if you don’t know what that is as my Mexican friends call it “cero”.
    ————————————————

    The Colts also had one of the greatest QBs to play the game and what did that get you? One SB victory playing against Rex Grossman. Yeah, city of winners you are.

    But I get it, Gabbert blows and this is a lost season. You guys are the first to know how that goes.

  47. jagfan4ever says: Aug 20, 2013 2:31 PM

    AGAIN…As a Top Ten Pick we should not have any competition at the QB position. He should own that position. Glad to know the decision was made to start GABBERT. Now he needs to WIN some games for the JAGS to show everyone that yes he belongs in the NFL

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