St. Louis Rams: Blaine Gabbert

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert once felt very much at home at the Edward Jones Dome. In fact, it was at the current home of the St. Louis Rams where he kick-started a career that would eventually make him the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Gabbert made his first college start as a sophomore in 2009 at the Edward Jones Dome, for Missouri against Illinois in what then was an annual border showdown. He led the Tigers to a blowout win, throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another touchdown. He returned with the Tigers in 2010 and led them to another victory on the same field in his final college season.

"It’s going to be a nice return to the Dome, and we’re ready to go,” Gabbert said.

Finding a NFL stadium where Gabbert has had success in his young career isn't an easy task. Putting it mildly, Gabbert has had a tough transition to the league, going through coaching and scheme changes nearly from the day he was drafted. This season, he's posted a quarterback rating of 30.7 in his two starts, with no touchdowns and five interceptions.

Gabbert's struggles in Jacksonville have many wondering just how long he'll get to prove himself. It seems the Jaguars are committed to seeing it through this season and at least finding out what they have.

Well aware of the criticism that surrounds him, Gabbert has a pretty respectable approach to understanding all that goes with playing his position at the game's highest level.

"It’s rightfully deserved," Gabbert said. "It’s part of the job description when you signed up. The quarterback and the head coach are the ones that get the blame, and they’re the ones that get more of the credit than they deserve when things are going well. But it’s the quarterback’s job to lead his football team and it’s the quarterback’s job to get points on the board."

Getting points on the board has been a tough task for the Jaguars so far this season; their 7.8 points per game rank last in the league. Considering the Rams' struggles this season both scoring and preventing points, they'd better hope Gabbert doesn't feel too at home in the Edward Jones Dome.

I.C.Y.M.I.

It was an exceedingly busy day in this corner of cyberspace, with Twitter nonsense, trades and so much more. Here's a recap of yesterday's activities. ... We started with the weekly quarterback watch and a look at Sam Bradford. ... From there, it was time for the weekly buzz with a video breakdown of this week's storylines for the Rams. ... Next was the first glimpse at the possible changing situation at running back and the Daryl Richardson/Twitter affair. ... We looked at how Jacksonville's trade of tackle Eugene Monroe changes things for this week. ... A quick injury update and the Rams' lack of bodies in the secondary. ... Finally, we had a news story with reaction from all parties on Richardson and the Twitter incident, as well as a vote for Zac Stacy as this week's starter.

Elsewhere:

At stltoday.com, my pal Bernie Miklasz took a break from Cardinals mania and offered his take on the Rams' run-game struggles.

Post-Dispatch writer Joe Lyons writes that rookie end Gerald Rivers is looking to build on his debut.

CBS Sports offers a preview of Sunday's Rams-Jaguars game.

At stlouisrams.com, Jonathan Webb takes a look at Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein's solid start.

Final 2013 preseason QB snap counts

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Six projected starting quarterbacks played in their teams' final exhibition games of the 2013 preseason. The Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick were two of them, and both led touchdown drives before exiting after one series. None of the NFL's projected starters got hurt Thursday night.

The chart shows week-by-week snap counts for quarterbacks I singled out as projected starters heading into preseason. NFC West alums Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn might not start after all, but I've left them in the chart for context.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has generally played starters in the final preseason game. He did not this time.

"Typically I have, but I guess in the new world that we’re in, it’s hard to," Fisher told reporters after the Rams' game against Baltimore. "What that implies is that I'm pleased with where they are right now, those guys that sat. They worked hard. We got a great workout and it allowed them to fast-forward their minds to Arizona."

Fisher could have been alluding to the run of higher-profile injuries around the league this summer. Last year, the Rams lost rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers to a high-ankle sprain in the final preseason game.

The Rams emerged from this preseason healthier than their division rivals. That did not stop the 49ers from playing their offensive starters or the Seahawks from playing starters on both sides of the ball Thursday night. The Arizona Cardinals rested most of their starters, though Michael Floyd was one notable exception.

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh offered no explanation for playing his starting offense one series. Kaepernick hadn't gotten many snaps through the first three games, however. Getting additional reps for Kaepernick and the team's group of emerging receivers made some sense on the surface.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll went into the final preseason game saying he wanted starters to play because the team values this games as competitive opportunities.

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