If Blaine Gabbert were almost any other No. 10 overall draft pick entering his third season, not only would it not be a story that he'd been named the starter, but it wouldn't have even been a question.cheap NHL jerseys,nike 2012 jerseys
Gabbert, though, has been dogged by questions about his NFL readiness since before the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted him so highly—doubts that only grew stronger once they turned that draft card in. In two seasons on a poor Jaguars team almost devoid of talent or direction, Gabbert completed just 53.8 percent of his passes for a mere 5.6 yards per attempt, according to Pro Football Referencejersey wholesale,new nike nfl jerseys
Yet Gabbert did show strong improvement from the first year to the second: He managed to raise his completion percentage by 8.3 points, improve his touchdown percentage from 2.9 percent to 3.2, cut down his interception rate from 3.7 percent to 2.2 and boost his average yards per attempt from 5.4 to 6.0.
However, none of these numbers are world-beating—though that 2.2 percent interception rate tied Matt Schaub for eighth-lowest in the NFL last year—and it looked like Gabbert's time as a starter in the NFL was done.soccer jerseys wholesale,cheap Jerseys Wholesale The popular narrative wrote Gabbert off, especially when veteran Chad Henne stepped in and outproduced him. Critically, Henne connected with No. 5 overall pick receiver Justin Blackmon in a way Gabbert didn't.
This preseason, Gabbert "complicated" the easy story, as SI.com's Doug Farrar put it, of a new head coach benching his predecessor's draft bust. Gabbert complicated matters by going 13-of-16 for 165 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets.
Despite Gabbert ending his night by suffering a thumb injury that will cost him the rest of the preseason, new Jaguars head coach (and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator) Gus Bradley was so convinced by Gabbert's performance that Bradley named Gabbert the starter.cheap jerseys on sale,cheap nike nfl jerseys Bradley even obliquely compared Gabbert to standout Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the process.