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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert

By Michael DiRocco

A weekly analysis of the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback play.

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Rewind: Blaine Gabbert's performance against St. Louis pretty much sums up his three-year career: flashes of the kind of talent that made him worthy of being the No. 10 overall selection in the 2011 draft and moments where you wonder what could he possibly have been thinking at the time. He threw a perfect pass to Cecil Shorts along the right sideline for a 28-yard gain from the Jaguars’ 1-yard line. He also airmailed a pass six feet over Justin Blackmon’s head that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Gabbert fumbled twice, dropped a shotgun snap and had two blatant instances in which he danced around in the pocket and took off running despite not being pressured. He ended up leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

Fast-forward: Coach Gus Bradley said Gabbert most likely will not play against Denver on Sunday, which means Chad Henne will make his third start of the season. He started in Weeks 2 and 3 and finished the game against St. Louis. He has thrown for 601 yards and two touchdowns, but Henne's most important advantage is that he’s not a turnover machine. Gabbert has thrown seven interceptions, three of which have been returned for touchdowns. Henne has thrown just two.

300: Henne has nine 300-yard games in 39 starts. Gabbert has one and has thrown for more than 250 yards only one other time in 27 starts.

Prediction: Henne will likely put up big yardage against the Broncos, mainly because the Jaguars are going to be playing catch-up to Peyton Manning pretty quickly. The fact the Broncos are still banged up on defense will help. Look for his 10th 300-yard game.