Observation deck: Jets 37, Jaguars 13 - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Part of why, it now appears, is because they were ready to put him in a no-huddle offense, force the pace against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium and see if the offense couldn’t work more effectively with an appearance by running back Maurice Jones-Drew and a contribution from receiver Justin Blackmon. Gabbert was excellent, with 13 completions in 16 attempts for 165 yards, a touchdown to tight end Allen Reisner and a 130.5 passer rating. He threw on the move, he threw in the face of pressure when he had to, he threw to people who made plays for him. He carried himself confidently, rarely huddling, and running plays that seemed to offer him quick and simple decisions.
Needing a solid performance that produced yards, first downs and points to show he deserves to be publicly anointed the team’s Week 1 starter, Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert delivered in all three departments Saturday night against the New York Jets.And then he got hurt.Gabbert started the Jaguars’ second preseason game on fire but ended the first half with ice on his sprained right (throwing) thumb after completing 13-of-16 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown in 30 snaps.
What Gus Bradley wanted was a step forward. And while the final score again was not what the Jaguars wanted, Bradley – in his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach – said there was a lot to like in the second game of the 2013 preseason, particularly early. So, will Bradley take what he saw in 37-13 loss to the New York Jets Saturday? All in all, yes he will.
Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert left the Jaguars' 37-13 preseason loss to the New York Jets because of a sprained right thumb. Gabbert, competing with Chad Henne for the starting job, appeared to bang his throwing hand on one of the Jets' defensive players' helmets Saturday night. He was replaced by Henne late in the second quarter, but the Jaguars announced that Gabbert was coming out of the game regardless of the injury.