Jaguars name Blaine Gabbert starting quarterback
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced Monday that Blaine Gabbert will be the starting quarterback when the Jags open the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.
This announcement comes despite Gabbert’s hairline fracture in his right thumb – his throwing hand. Gabbert will miss the remainder of the preseason but Bradley said he expects Gabbert to miss just two weeks, according to The Florida Times-Union. Gabbert will not need surgery, according to ESPN and will wear a protective brace during the recovery period.
Gabbert is 5-19 as a starter.
Gabbert injured his thumb in Saturday’s game against the New York Jets when he hit Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson’s arm on a follow through after a pass. Even before Bradley’s announcement, it was safe to say Gabbert’s performance earned him the starting job. Before the injury, Gabbert played nicely, going 13-16 for 165 yards and a touchdown. Chad Henner, Gabbert’s competition, has gone just 12-21 in two preseason games with no touchdowns and one interception according to ESPN.