FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots on August 11, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert got the start last week against the New England Patriots in place of quarterback David Garrard, who was nursing a back injury he suffered a week prior. Garrard returned to practice on Sunday, but it seems Blaine Gabbert is still getting quite a bit of snaps with the first unit.
Jaguars rookie QB Blaine Gabbert got some work with the first team during practice Tuesday. He had worked with the starters previously in camp, but this was some of the most extensive work he has gotten with the "ones" since starter David Garrard returned from a back injury.
According to some accounts of practice, Garrard hasn't been particularly sharp since he's returned to practice, either.
The majority of his completions were dump down passes to Maurice Jones-Drew. Other than that, the ball was either underthrown, overthrown, or thrown away. Now let me make it clear; I'm a David Garrard fan. Some of his criticism is well-warranted, but I also think he gets more of it at times than he deserves. But to me, Gabbert has out-shined him this week so far. Garrard told the media the other day that his back is around 90%, so I'm not sure how much that could be playing into his performance. ... But I thought even (Luke) McCown looked better this morning than Garrard did.
This sounds like more of the same in previous weeks of practice. It is entirely possible Garrard's back is still bothering him, which won't allow him to drive the football down the field, but since his return to practice Sunday all accounts are that he's been shaky. It's still up in the air whether or not Garrard plays against the Falcons on Friday. I tend to think he will, but I will be watching him closely this evening against the Atlanta Falcons in practice.