Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Competition Is A Two-Horse Race
The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback situation leaves very little to be desired, but it isn’t so bad that an undrafted rookie is going to compete for the starting job this offseason.
There has been some speculation about whether or not a solid training camp performance from rookie Matt Scott, who possessed a skill set that many believed would make him a mid-round draft pick, could compete with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne for the Jaguars starting job. New Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch pumped the brakes on that speculation this weekend when he said that Scott was not ready to compete for the job.
That isn’t to say that Fisch is not intrigued by what Scott could bring to the table down the road. Scott was pumped up throughout the draft process because of his raw ability, and it was a shock that he went undrafted. However, he is still just a raw prospect who only started for one year in college who is not ready to compete as a starting-caliber NFL quarterback.
While Scott’s work this offseason will likely focus on turning some of the raw tools into a polished product, the real competition for the quarterback job will fall to a showdown between Gabbert and Henne. Neither put up an impressive body of work during their stint at starter last season, but all things being equal Gabbert likely has a leg up on the competition given his still untapped potential.
All the moves the Jaguars have made this offseason have been geared towards giving Gabbert the best possible chance at living up to high draft pick the team spent on him only two years ago, so I think Henne would have to significantly outperform Gabbert in training camp and the preseason to earn the job.
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