Two young quarterbacks were on the field Friday night in Jacksonville. One, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, was pretty good. The other, Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, was pretty bad.
Tannehill went 5-of-9 for 75 yards, with no interceptions, and he finished in style, hitting tight end Dustin Keller on a 22-yard touchdown pass that turned out to be Tannehill’s last play before he called it a night.
Gabbert went just 5-of 10 for 19 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers may actually look a little worse than Gabbert really was — he had a couple drops and didn’t get much help from his offensive line — but averaging less than two yards a pass is alarming. Gabbert has never shown a consistent ability to get anything going downfield, and nothing he did tonight suggests that he’s improved in that respect.
The Jaguars’ No. 2 quarterback, Chad Henne, came in and looked better, marching Jacksonville down the field on a long drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal to give the Jaguars their first points. If Henne and Gabbert keep playing the way they played tonight, Gabbert may not be ahead of Henne on the depth chart much longer.