In an interview with the Florida Times-Union's Gene Frenette, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert revealed that he played through the 12 of his 14 starts with a broken toe, which he probably sustained during the game against the New Orleans Saints (Makes you wonder about those bounties, doesn't it?). He also revealed that he spent most of the offseason rehabbing the injury. Some may call this an excuse, but to me, it explains a few things.
For one, it explains why he always seemed to be caught from behind despite running the third fastest 40 among the QBs at the 2011 NFL Souting Combine. When you look at him in the pocket, he wasn't as mobile in the pocker, which must have been an uncomfortable experience, since he could probably avoid defenders easily in college. It also explains why he was at the Athletic Performance Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida (a suburb of Pensacola) with TE Zach Miller. That facility is not only relatively close to Jacksonville, it also specalizes in rehabilitation and performance assessment, which would make sense in both of their cases. Well, if anything, he at least got to work out with one of his receivers and build some chemistry and perhaps we'll see much less of those fadeaway throws off of his back foot.
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