About two weeks ago the Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard. Many questioned the decision and believed that they were finally turning the page to a new chapter; the chapter of rookie Blaine Gabbert. However the Jaguars denied it and said that Gabbert still would not be their starter and that Luke McCown would take over the starting job and remain there until further notice.
Though it wouldn’t last long, 59 yards, six completed passes and four interceptions later the Jaguars after suffering an embarrassing 32-3 loss to the New York Jets last week would turn the page again. This time it was on the page and chapter of Blaine Gabbert.
Now as we all know Blaine Gabbert was taken number ten overall in the first round out of the University of Missouri. We also know that in his final season Gabbert played in all 13 games, completed 588 of his 933 passes, threw for 3,186 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 127.04…not bad.
Gabbert was the third quarterback taken in the NFL draft behind Cam Newton and Jake Locker. Some said that he was the best quarterback in the draft and he may be, however at this point at week 2 of the NFL, the clear favorite is Cam Newton. 854 yards in two games, that’s unheard of for a rookie quarterback. Though some still said that Gabbert was the best quarterback coming in, and he may be. But what we do know is…that he has a lot of catching up to do.
Coincidentally Gabbert’s first start will be against the Carolina Panthers and against Cam Newton. Who’s also the front runner as of right now to win this year’s rookie of the year.
This will be a great test for Gabbert as he’s playing against another rookie starting quarterback and a decent defense. However the only problem is the “rookie” quarterback that he’s facing isn’t really playing like a rookie; he’s playing like a veteran. A veteran with three championships, two super bowl mvp’s and six pro bowl selections other known as Tom Brady.
With a lot of expectations set high by the number one draft pick Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert the number tenth pick in the 2011 Draft will make his first career NFL start on Sunday. And the only thing that we know is the obvious; he was the number tenth pick in the draft, he’s 6’5, 233 pounds, and he has a tough task at hand; beat one of the hottest players in football; Cam Newton.
So lights, cam, action Gabbert, it’s your time to shine.