The Blaine Gabbert Era will begin in Jacksonville this weekend as the Jaguars have decided the rookie will replace Luke McCown as the team's starting quarterback, Alfie Crow of SB Nation's Big Cat Country reports. Gabbert saw his first NFL action this past week when he relieved McCown after the starter threw four interceptions to the New York Jets.
The Jaguars set their gameplan on Tuesday with the offense being very "Gabbert-centric," according to a report from Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. Gabbert completed five of his six passing attempts against the Jaguars in relief for McCown last week.
"I'm going to be ready, there's no question about that," Gabbert said Sunday when asked how he'd feel if he were made the starter for week three. "We as quarterbacks prepare harder than anybody else."
The decision to throw Gabbert into the fire so early isn't exactly a surprising one as there was obviously a reason the Jaguars released former starting quarterback David Garrard right before the NFL's regular season began, coupled with the fact that the Jacksonville front office drafted the quarterback out of Mizzou with its 10th overall pick in the most recent NFL Draft.
If nothing else, watching Gabbert face fellow rookie Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers should be fun to watch from a quarterback perspective this weekend.