Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | QB
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: To say things didn’t go well for Blaine Gabbert, is a kind way to say he didn’t look like an NFL quarterback, year one. Gabbert was consistently knocked for his lack of pocket presence, and even doing so when do pressure was around. I’m not ready to give up on Gabbert just yet, mainly because I don’t feel the Jaguars old coaching staff was prepared or had the proper know how to develop a quarterback.
As a 49ers fan, I’ve seen what happened to Alex Smith over the years with defensive minded head coaches, who seem to have an attitude that the quarterback position isn’t top priority for a teams’ success, and basically looking at them and saying, “don’t screw it up.”
Gabbert will have a better situation this year with new Head Coach Mike Mularkey and upgrades at receiver with Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon and even veteran Lee Evans coming to town.
For Gabbert to be an effective quarterback, he will need to learn how to play under center (came from a spread, shot gun style offense in college) and hopefully Maurice Jones-Drew will need to remain as one of the elite runners in the game.
Common thought today is that you need a good passing game to set up the running game, but in Jacksonville, it will remain more traditional with the offense going through MJD and the running game, first.
Gabbert clearly has no fantasy value this year, but lets hope he can continue in his development, to make receivers like Blackmon and Robinson viable fantasy starters.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Coach Jack Del Rio made noise about David Garrard’s job being in question last off-season, and after another respectable year, he finally sent a message that the team is looking to another quarterback for the future. While Garrard should hold onto the starting job this season, the Jaguars might give Gabbert some starts towards the end of the season, should they fall out of the playoff race.
That may not happen as Jacksonville has been in the hunt each of the past two seasons into December, and they should repeat that success in 2011. Giving time for Gabbert to develop is a good thing as this top ten overall selection can be a successful starter in the NFL but the Jaguars need to upgrade his receiving core in the coming years.
Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis are respectable talents but with the disappointing season Mike Sims-Walker gave last year, it is clear they need a true No. 1 type of talent to emerge as Sims-Walker heads into free agency.
Gabbert makes for a good hold in keeper leagues as he could end up the top fantasy friendly quarterback to come out of the 2011 NFL draft. In three years henceforth it wouldn’t surprise me if Gabbert became a top ten fantasy quarterback and continue to mature from that point forward. As it stands right now, forget about him as a relevant option at your 2011 standard league fantasy football drafts.
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