San Francisco 49ers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Blaine Gabbert
Drafted with the No. 10 overall pick back in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blaine Gabbert has been a total bust for the Jaguars until they traded him to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Gabbert has been a big disappointment up to this point in his NFL career, and he’s unlikely to turn things around with the 49ers.
Gabbert often hears footsteps even if there is nobody around, and his mechanics remain way too inconsistent. He was beat out by Chad Henne in Jacksonville, and although he isn’t the only reason the Jaguars have struggled to win games the past few seasons, Gabbert was a big part of the team’s troubles.
Luckily for the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick is in place as the starter, which means Gabbert is unlikely to see playing time with his new team, and that’s probably a good thing. Gabbert is better as a backup than he is as a starter, but that doesn’t mean that the 49ers should feel confident in him if Kaeperick goes down with an injury.
With that said, Gabbert is likely locked in as the 49ers’ second-string quarterback. With no better options available, the 49ers will just have to sit back and hope that Gabbert never sees playing time. He is a well-known commodity, and you have to think that the 49ers will likely look at other options after the season.
Overall, Blaine Gabbert is still the same mediocre quarterback we saw in Jacksonville. He’s simply not an NFL-caliber quarterback, and if he sees any action in 2014, that means something went horrendously wrong.