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RTC: Blaine Gabbert struggles in return

9/30/2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It wasn't exactly a triumphant return for Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Sunday.

He had three passes bounce off receivers' hands and get intercepted, was sacked four times and only threw for 179 yards in a 37-3 loss to Indianapolis. He has thrown five interceptions in two games this season and is 5-21 as a starter in his career, but Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is sticking with Gabbert as his starter, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

"I'm standing strong with Blaine," Bradley said.

Bradley said he needs to see Gabbert play more in order to make a judgment on Gabbert's future with the team. All he has seen so far have been two lopsided losses in which the offense has managed just one field goal.

Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content around the web in our daily Reading the Coverage segment:

Tight end Marcedes Lewis' return from a calf injury lasted just three plays. He re-aggravated the injury that kept him out of the first three games of the season, writes the T-U's Ryan O'Halloran.

O'Halloran recaps how well the Jaguars accomplished the four keys to the game. It wasn't pretty.

Yet another tight end burned the Jaguars on defense, writes the T-U's Hays Carlyon. This time it was Coby Fleener, who caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown -- a 31-yarder in which he was wide open.

The T-U's Don Coble writes that the Colts' top priority on defense was stopping Maurice Jones-Drew and forcing Gabbert to throw. Mission accomplished: They held Jones-Drew to just 23 yards on 13 carries.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper talk about Bradley having to adjust his expectations, Gabbert's play, and whether the Jaguars should make a roster move this week in their podcast. Pepper also provides more takeaways from the game.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: the Jaguars can't afford for receiver Cecil Shorts to struggle; it has been four weeks but the team still hasn't made any progress in the ground game.