Blaine Gabbert 'outstanding' at pro day

March, 17, 2011
3/17/11
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The Buffalo Bills handled Blaine Gabbert's pro day the same way they did Cam Newton's, by taking the touted quarterbacks out to dinner the night before.

NFL.com personnel analyst Gil Brandt blogged Thursday that general manager Buddy Nix "and other Bills representatives" dined with Gabbert on Wednesday night.

Gabbert, who didn't throw at the NFL scouting combine last month, performed well Thursday at Missouri's workout event. The Associated Press reported Gabbert completed 44 of his 49 throws scripted by quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, a former Miami Dolphins assistant.

Reporters on location counted three dropped passes among Gabbert's five incompletions. Brandt wrote Gabbert threw only one uncatchable ball and called the workout "outstanding -- much better than Cam Newton’s at Auburn’s pro day on March 8." Brandy counted six uncatchable balls for Newton.

Because of NFL lockout restrictions, Gabbert could throw only to draft-eligible receivers. His targets came from Division II Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State and NAIA Lindenwood.

Brandt wrote six head coaches were in attendance. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey was not among them. He didn't attend Auburn's pro day either.

The coaches in Columbia, Mo., were Rex Ryan of the New York Jets (but almost certainly not for the purpose of watching Gabbert), John Fox of the Denver Broncos, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Munchak of the Tennessee Titans, Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings and Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers.

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