The Jacksonville Jaguars named Blaine Gabbert the starter for Sunday’s home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gabbert sustained a fractured thumb in the preseason but was healthy enough to get the starting nod. According to the Florida Times Union, Gabbert received 15 stitches after the game on his right hand. Gabbert believes he got his hand stuck in a player’s face mask with less than two minutes remaining.
Gabbert did little for the Jacksonville offense. The Jaguars were blown out by the Chiefs and only scored after blocking a punt attempt out of the endzone at the start of the first quarter. Gabbert completed less than 50% of his passes for just 121 yards and two interception. Gabbert averaged just 3.5 yards per attempt. He was also sacked six times. The Jaguars offense was hardly smooth, converting just five of 19 third down attempts.
If Gabbert is unable to start, Jacksonville will likely roll with Chad Henne under center. While Henne is by means no the answer at quarterback for Jacksonville, I believe he gives the team more consistency at quarterback. Last year, the Jaguars offense was more productive with Henne as the starting quarterback.
Then again, perhaps the plan is to tank the season and win the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes in the offseason.