Starting quarterbacks Tom Brady and David Garrard are sitting out the first preseason games for the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, meaning that fans are getting a good look at rookie Blaine Gabbert and Pats backup Brian Hoyer. Both have impressed early on, and the Patriots lead the Jaguars by a score of 16-9 in the second quarter.
The Jags are using a conservative gameplan, trying to get Gabbert into a rhythm and keeping him out of harm's way. He's throwing mostly short, conservative passes and was 3/5 passing on a good field goal drive. He's 5/10 on the night with a long of 15.
Hoyer is ripping up the Jags defense and is currently 8/11 passing for 115 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a nice eight play, 49 yard drive after a fumble in which Hoyer cut through the defense easily. The Patriots are struggling to establish the run, though, as neither Danny Woodhead or Stevan Ridley has gotten it going yet.