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Blaine Gabbert Will Take First-Team Reps for the Jacksonville Jaguars This Preseason

August 2nd, 2011 at 10:39 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to take snaps with the first-team offense in exhibition games this season.

Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert runs onto the field for a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 23, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
 
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the Missouri junior 10th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and the plan from day one was to slowly give him playing time as a rookie. 
 
Well that plan seems to be in full effect according to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, who feels that Gabbert is in a situation where he can succeed.
 
“But after a couple days with the Jaguars and conversations with general manager Gene Smith, coach Jack Del Rio, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter,
Garrard and Gabbert, I can say it’s a very healthy situation right now and I believe they have an effective plan. 
 
Koetter said that plan includes getting Gabbert some work in preseason games with the Jaguars' first-string offense, and hopefully against a first-string defense.”
 
Gabbert has shown why he was a top-10 selection so far. He’s displayed excellent arm-strength early on in training camp and has proven to be a quick learner.
 
Obviously there will be rough patches because of a rookie quarterback’s steep learning curve, especially considering the fact that there weren’t any
OTA, but Gabbert looks like he has earned the coaching staff’s trust already. But he's shown potential and that's what's important at this point.
 
How he performs during his appearances with the first-team offense will likely determine whether the Jaguars let him start in the beginning of the season (or at least feel confident enough to let Luke McCown take starters reps and cut incumbent starter David Garrard.) 
 
It’s a wait and see how he does type of deal, which should make for an interesting preseason in Jacksonville
Tags: Blaine Gabbert, David Garrard, Dirk Koetter, ESPN, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, NFL Draft

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