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The Associated Press' Mark Long called Wednesday's OTAs session the "worst day of quarterback play I've witnessed at Jaguars practice in years."
Long's assessment comes one day after he observed Blaine Gabbert was "(continuing) to struggle with short passes." In Gabbert's defense, the Jags are installing a new system, but the fact that he still can't even light up practice more than two years after being the No. 10 overall pick is a troubling sign. We'd suspect the Jags pull the plug on the Gabbert experiment early this season, with an eye toward finding his "successor" in the 2014 draft.
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According to the Associated Press' Mark Long, Blaine Gabbert is struggling with short passes in OTAs.
Stop us if you've heard that before. Jacksonville's starting quarterback job is still Gabbert's to lose, but only because the Jags came up empty in their search for competition beyond Chad Henne. If Gabbert plays anything like he did the past two seasons, Henne should lead the Jags in pass attempts for the second consecutive year.
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According to Yahoo Sports, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell plans to spend "much of the year" evaluating quarterbacks in the 2014 class, including Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.
Per Yahoo's Jason Cole, the Jaguars were "privately" thrilled the Bills and Jets drafted quarterbacks in the first two rounds because that likely takes them out of the market for next year's top signal callers. Jacksonville and Cleveland are left as the likeliest quarterback-needy teams for 2014. The Jags will give Blaine Gabbert one more year to prove he's not a viable solution.
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GM David Caldwell reiterated Tuesday that the Jaguars are going to give Blaine Gabbert a "fair chance" to prove whether he's the "long-term solution" at quarterback.
The 24 games Gabbert has already started could constitute a "fair chance" in the modern NFL, but the Jags didn't come away with any better options this offseason. According to Yahoo's Jason Cole, Caldwell will spend "much of the season" evaluating the NCAA's top quarterbacks. Per Cole, the Jags were "only too happy" when the Bills and Jets used early-round picks on signal callers, presumably taking them out of the QB-running in 2014. Few players will be more on the spot than Gabbert this season.
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The Jaguars used advanced metrics from the website Pro Football Focus to help determine their draft pick of Luke Joeckel at No. 2 overall.
A study done by PFF's Steve Palazzolo argues that right tackles have become just as important as left tackles in terms of pass protection. Jaguars VP of Football Technology and Analytics Tony Khan -- owner Shahid's son -- expanded PFF's study to show Blaine Gabbert was the NFL's 13th-highest rated passer among 38 qualifiers in 2012 when given 2.6 seconds or more to throw. When Gabbert had 2.5 seconds or less, he was 35th in QB rating and 34th in completion rate. The Joeckel pick remains unlikely to turn Gabbert's career around, but it could lead to more competitive quarterback play in 2013 and be of particular assistance to Jacksonville's next QB in 2014.
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John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site considers Blaine Gabbert the favorite to start Week 1.
The Jags did not spend any of their eight draft picks on a quarterback, leaving Gabbert to do battle with Chad Henne. New coach Gus Bradley, who comes from Seattle, will let the two settle matters on the field. The organization is clearly hoping that Gabbert takes a major leap forward and becomes "the man," but we've seen nothing to suggest that will happen. Through two NFL seasons, the former No. 10 overall pick has gone 5-19 while averaging 155.0 yards per game.
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Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are rotating snaps with the first-team offense in Jaguars' voluntary workouts.
New coach Gus Bradley is putting Gabbert's feet to the fire. Gabbert reportedly "struggled" in Tuesday's session, or at least as much as a player can "struggle" in a pad-less, voluntary workout. Gabbert and Henne's "competition" may only last until next Thursday, where the Jaguars are a legit possibility to select West Virginia QB Geno Smith.