JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warms up prior to a game against the St. Louis Rams at EverBank Field on September 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
According to my sources, I have learned that rookie Blaine Gabbert will start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. It will be Gabbert's starting debut on the road, his official debut was in mop up time on Sunday against the Jets.
While Jack Del Rio played coy on his radio show about the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback position, after Luke McCown threw his fourth interception on Sunday against the New York Jets and was pulled in favor of Gabbert, it was done. The Panthers are a good team for Gabbert to make his debut against, as the team should be able to give a heavy dose of Maurice Jones-Drew and allow the rookie to ease into it. It will also give a nice Blaine Gabbert vs. Cam Newton look, especially since there was so much debate about how the top quarterback was entering the draft.