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2013 Jacksonville Jaguars Positional Outlook: Quarterbacks

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Updated: 7/24/2013 12:24 pm

 

2013 POSITIONAL OUTLOOK: QUARTERBACKS




#11 BLAINE GABBERT

GAMES

PASSING

RUSHING

SEASON

TEAM

G

GS

COMP

ATT

COMP%

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

SACK

RATE

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

FUM

LOST

2011

JAC

15

14

210

413

51%

2214

5.4

12

11

40

65.4

48

154

3.2

0

14

5

2012

JAC

10

10

162

278

58%

1662

6.0

9

6

22

77.4

18

56

3.1

0

5

3

TOTAL

 

25

24

372

691

54%

3876

5.6

21

17

62

65.4

66

210

3.2

0

19

8

 

Blaine Gabbert comes into the preseason atop the depth chart for the second year in a row. He put up some interesting numbers this past season but still showed a couple troubling trends.

First issue is the fumble rate. He had 5 in 10 games after 14 fumbles in 2011, very problematic for a guy who has the ball in his hands every down and gets hit a lot (62 sacks in 24 starts). His COMP% (58%) was up as well as his YDS/ATT (6.0 yds). The key here is his TD% (3.2% of throws) and INT% (2.1% of throws), which were .5% better than the season before.

Don’t think that makes a difference? Consider the following numbers pro-rated over a 16 game schedule: 2011 rates 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions; 2012 rates 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Gabbert must continue these trends if he expects to hold down the starting job during the season let alone be around next season.

Another key for him is the personnel around him. David Caldwell gave Gabbert perhaps the best present ever with the selection of Luke Joeckel. Protecting Gabbert must be the priority for this team if the offense is going to succeed. He has been hit way too much in his short career.

The numbers point to good growth, but Gabbert must avoid the injury bug (he hasn’t so far in his career) and must finally pass the “Eye Test” if he expects to stick in the starting position. The key for him will be to slow the game down and not be so jittery moving around in the pocket to allow him time to find targets down the field and not just check it down to the underneath routes.

One other are of note will be if the new offense being installed by Gus Bradley and Jedd Fisch (Gabbert’s3rd offensive system in 3 years) will be the use of “sight reads” in the passing game. Removing “sight reads” from struggling offenses have seen a boost in play by fledgling starting quarterbacks.

#7 CHAD HENNE

GAMES

PASSING

RUSHING

SEASON

TEAM

G

GS

COMP

ATT

COMP%

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

SACK

RATE

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

FUM

LOST

2008

MIA

3

0

7

12

58%

67

5.6

0

0

0

74.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

2009

MIA

14

13

274

451

61%

2878

6.4

12

14

26

75.2

16

32

2.0

1

4

0

2010

MIA

15

14

301

490

61%

3301

6.7

15

19

30

75.4

35

52

1.5

0

5

2

2011

MIA

4

4

64

112

57%

868

7.8

4

4

11

79.0

15

112

7.5

1

1

0

2012

JAC

10

6

166

308

54%

2084

6.8

11

11

28

72.2

19

64

3.4

1

4

2

TOTAL

 

46

37

812

1373

59%

9198

6.7

42

48

95

65.4

85

260

3.1

3

14

4

 

Chad Henne is the competition directly on Gabbert’s heels. He poses the most imminent threat to Gabbert losing his starting position.

Henne is making around $2.5 million (last year of deal) to backup this season, which means he needs to have a good camp and preseason if he wants to break camp with the team. Henne is entering his 6th season in the National Football League (I just had to get it in there) and is pretty much an average backup quarterback.

He is capable in spot duty but was stretched a little too much last season after the injury to Gabbert. Look for him to get less work during the preseason for the coaches to watch the younger QB’s in action.

 

#5 MATT SCOTT

Matt Scott possibly could be the most interesting QB in camp this season. He has a few tools that could be interesting on the field this season.

A few issues here are size. He stands at 6’2” which is average at best, but has average sized hands (9”). He has good speed (4.69 sec/40) and accuracy on the ball. Arm strength at the pro level will be an issue.

I spoke with an individual that took in some Arizona games and he said that he never noticed Scott’s play, which is a problem coming from a Rich Rodriguez system.

If everything breaks right you are looking at a Shaun King type player, if everything breaks wrong Pat White. Well anyway, I won’t stand in the way of getting irrationally excited about an undrafted rookie out of a middling school in the PAC 12!

#4 MIKE KAFKA

The Jaguars claimed Kafka after he was cut by the Patriots to make a roster space for Tim Tebow. He most recently appeared in a game for the Philadelphia Eagles but looks to be little more than a career backup.

He’s barely played and when given an opportunity has done little with it. I polled a few people on him and the consensus was Kafka is here to throw the ball on the sidelines during the preseason. My guess is for him to make the roster he needs quite a few injuries to happen in front of him and then just get lucky chucking the ball to Shorts III and Blackmon.

 

#6 JORDAN RODGERS

Jaguars cut Rodgers on July 22nd.

 

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c9bcrewman - 7/28/2013 9:16 PM
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blaine and henne are not the q-back's for the kittie's that's for sure.
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