The second season of Blaine Gabbert’s career in the NFL didn’t go as anticipated.
The Jacksonville Jaguars used a 10th overall pick on Gabbert back in 2010 hoping the young quarterback would be able to turn the troubled franchise around after years of mediocrity and leaning heavily on perennial Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew to lead the offense.
Unfortunately for Jacksonville, Gabbert has yet to prove to the team that he was the right choice at the quarterback position in 2010 and therefore has shed some doubt about the future of the franchise in the hands of the Missouri product.
Although Gabbert hasn’t proven to be the right man for the job under center in Jacksonville up to this point in time, the team isn’t ready to draft a quarterback to replace him heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. The team may ultimately decide to draft a quarterback, but not one to immediately come in and be the starter according to Draftinsider.net:
During Senior Bowl week the consensus was Jacksonville will give Blaine Gabbert one more season to prove himself. And while the franchise is likely to select a quarterback in the draft, it may not come until the later rounds.
In two seasons with the Jaguars, Gabbert has thrown 3,876 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Although not awful numbers for the second-year quarterback, the Jaguars only won two games last season and six games total with Gabbert under center.
During the regular season, Gabbert went down with a season-ending injury to his right forearm. Once Gabbert was officially placed on the team’s injured reserve, the Jacksonville started veteran Chad Henne at quarterback and as a result the offense began to come alive. Jones-Drew was still out and the team ultimately only won two games all year long, but Henne showed the team’s potential on offense and gave a glimpse of how well the team could play without Gabbert.