RTC: Crawling through a mess

September, 26, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Love a good movie reference, and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew found one that applies to quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

While narrating the end of the movie "The Shawshank Redemption," "Red" talks about how Andy Dufresne had to crawl through a load of sewage before he gained his freedom. Maybe that's the situation that Gabbert is facing, Jones-Drew told Hays Carylon of the Florida Times-Union.

"Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to," Jones-Drew said. "You have to fight through some things. In ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ what does he say at the end of the movie? Sometimes you have to crawl through 500 feet worth of — — to come out clean on the other side. You have to go through adversity to understand your true character. Blaine does have special talent. He can make every throw on the field."

Gabbert's "500 feet" has been three coaches, three offensive coordinators, and a slew of injuries injuries (toe, shoulder, forearm, ankle, thumb, hand) that have caused him to miss eight games through his first two-plus seasons. Heading into Sunday's home game against Indianapolis, Gabbert is healthy again and has the opportunity to prove he can be the player around which GM Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley can build the franchise.

"For him to be healthy, I’m excited for him," receiver Cecil Shorts said. "He’s got a big arm, so I’m excited for him to get back here and compete.”

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web:

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran gives three storylines to watch in his weekly Three & Out. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, running back Justin Forsett, and defensive end Jeremy Mincey are the players he highlights.

Vito Stellino of the T-U writes that tight end Marcedes Lewis expects to make his season debut against the Colts.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: Lewis' return will be a huge boon for the Jaguars' ground game; a quick look at the top issues for the week; the weekly QB Watch.

One from the other side: ESPN.com columnist Ashley Fox writes that the Colts are no longer a finesse team. They're instead thriving on a physical approach.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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