Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 months ago

Gabbert will serve as Colin Kaepernick's backup Sunday in Buffalo, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The much-discussed benching was finally made official Tuesday, with the 49ers announcing Colin Kaepernick as their Week 6 starter against a red-hot Buffalo defense. Given how poorly Gabbert has played, Kaepernick should get at least a few weeks to prove himself, assuming he stays healthy. If another change is eventually made, the Niners could go back to Gabbert or even give Christian Ponder a shot. The San Francisco offense will remain highly reliant on starting RB Carlos Hyde, who is somehow producing 4.0 yards per carry and 75 rushing yards per game for a team with no other viable weapons.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 months ago

The 49ers staff is meeting Monday to discuss whether Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday's game in Buffalo, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gabber has been consistently bad since Week 1, with his surprising rushing production negated (and then some) by his complete lack of accuracy. He's completing just 58 percent of his passes for 5.9 yards per attempt this season, with five touchdowns and six interceptions, though it's only fair to note that he doesn't have much help. The only other argument in Gabbert's favor is the distinct possibility Kaepernick could be worse, especially considering that the latter still hasn't quite regained all the weight he lost after having three surgical procedures in the offseason. A decision may be announced soon, but either way, running back Carlos Hyde remains the only trustworthy weapon in a flailing San Francisco offense.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 months ago

Gabbert completed 18 of 31 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 33-21 loss to the Cardinals. He also tallied 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes.

EDGE Analysis

Although he was impressively effective throughout the night on the ground-- including a game-long 24-yard run that was part of an 82-yard scoring drive-- it was Gabbert's two mistakes through the air that played a key role in the loss. The veteran signal-caller's first misfire came late in the second quarter on a pass intended for Garrett Celek that ended up in the hands of Calais Campbell, giving Drew Stanton and the Cardinals the ball on the 49ers 21-yard line. Stanton parlayed the mistake into a 21-yard touchdown on the very next play, knotting the game at 7-7. Gabbert then gave the Cardinals the ball deep in his own end again on the first play of the fourth quarter with a second interception on a pass intended for Jeremy Kerley. The 26-year-old also took seven sacks despite his mobility, and has now failed to throw for at least 200 yards in four of his first five games. With the fans chanting for Colin Kaepernick after both of Gabbert's interceptions, and the latter struggling overall to maximize the full potential of head coach Chip Kelly's offense, a switch behind center is could come to fruition in the near future.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 months ago

Gabbert completed 16 of 23 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He added 27 rushing yards on 12 carries in the 24-17 loss.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert led San Francisco out to a 14-0 lead on the first two drives, but he was ineffective after that and managed fewer than 60 passing yards the rest of the game. He appeared competent as a runner at times, but his overall rushing numbers left a lot to be desired. Now 1-3 and averaging just 182 yards through the air after four starts, it remains to be seen how long Gabbert will remain the starter ahead of Colin Kaepernick. Things will not get any easier for Gabbert, as he will face the formidable Cardinals defense at home in Week 5.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 months ago

Gabbert completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for 119 yards and an interception in Sunday's 37-18 loss at Seattle. He also had five carries for 22 yards.

EDGE Analysis

It was a brutal matchup for Gabbert, and he predictably struggled, failing to throw a touchdown pass. The 49ers managed to score a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but both of those were by Carlos Hyde from eight yards out. Gabbert's overall fantasy production the previous two weeks were respectable, but the offense has looks limited in general, and he's got just a 5,5 YPA for the season. In Gabbert's defense, the 49ers lack a true No. 1 wideout, as Torrey Smith has plenty of speed, but isn't an elite pass catcher in the mold of Julio Jones or Odell Beckham. In any case, he'll face the Cowboys at home in Week 4.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Gabbert completed 17 of 36 passes for 243 yards to go along with a pair of both touchdowns and interceptions during Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He also added 10 yards and a score in three attempts on the ground.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert whipped the ball around the field often Sunday, finding nine different pass-catchers throughout the contest. His stats were padded by a 75-yard touchdown throw to tight end Vance McDonald, but the 49ers were ultimately unsuccessful in their comeback attempt after trailing 31-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Gabbert will have his hands full once again next week against the talented Seattle defense, making him quite a risky fantasy play.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Gabbert completed 22 of 35 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 28-0 win over Los Angeles. He added 43 rushing yards on nine carries and did not commit a turnover.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert played the role of game manager in his debut for Chip Kelly's offense. The majority of his completions were made on short and safe throws to his wideouts and running backs. Anytime he attempted to go further than 15 yards his throws became errant. The greatest example of this was in the first quarter when he had Jeremy Kerley wide open down the field and overshot his receiver in what would have been a certain long touchdown. On the positive side, Gabbert displayed his athleticism by rushing for several first downs and finishing with 43 yards on the ground. His running ability could give him sneaky value in weeks with a good matchup, but the veteran's lack of downfield touch makes him a low-end option at quarterback.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Head coach Chip Kelly said Saturday that Gabbert will be the 49ers' starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Rams, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

All 43 of Gabbert's preseason snaps occurred with the first-team offense, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, while Colin Kaepernick's 49 were scattered about. While the expectation came to pass, the decision was likely more about Gabbert's decision-making than anything. In the end, his exhibitions reps yielded 146 yards and one touchdown on 55 percent passing to go with five carries for 33 yards.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Gabbert -- who did not play in Thursday's preseason finale -- started the first three games of the preseason for the 49ers, finishing 12 of 22 for 146 yards and a touchdown. All 43 of his snaps were with the first-team offense, indicating that he will likely be the starting quarterback Week 1.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert entered the preseason in a battle with Colin Kaepernick for the starting quarterback job in San Francisco. The latter dealt with injuries and didn't enter a game until the third week of the preseason while the former didn't do anything to lose ground in the competition. Gabbert also sat out the final preseason game -- which is customary for starters to do -- and all signs point to a Week 1 start. It is important to note that head coach Chip Kelly hasn't officially named his starting quarterback, and he said he would give Kaepernick a fair shot at winning the job, but it would be surprising to see anyone but Gabbert under center against the Rams on Sept. 12.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Gabbert will not suit up for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers on Thursday, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Chip Kelly has stated that the quarterback competition is still active, but he also said that Gabbert will not play in Thursday's preseason finale. Despite what Kelly says, not having one of the two quarterbacks in the job battle suit up indicates that the organization has seen enough to make a decision. Kaepernick's absence from the majority of the team's offseason program gave Gabbert the early leg up and he has done nothing to jeopardize that opportunity. We will have to wait until Kelly makes an official announcement, but it would be surprising to see Gabbert not start for the 49ers once the regular season kicks off.