Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/25/13
The way this Jaguars season has gone with injuries and inconsistences and losses chances are good that quarterback Blaine Gabbert will get another chance to start a game. And that’s the attitude Gabbert portrayed before practice Thursday even though Chad Henne was named the starter for Sunday’s game against San Francisco and probably the foreseeable future. But let’s face it: Gabbert has been demoted. The Jaguars say they’re not moving away from Gabbert — drafted No. 10 overall two-and-a-half years ago but 5-22 as a starter — as much as they’re moving on with Henne. “It’s a tough situation I’m sure [for Gabbert]” coach Gus Bradley said. “He’s a really strong competitor. It’s just one of those things where we wanted to build on what Chad has done the last couple of weeks and see where it takes us.” Gabbert wasn’t surprised by the Jaguars’ decision to stick with Henne after the offense gained 353 and 362 yards respectively the last two weeks. “I haven’t practiced and that’s tough and Chad’s been playing well” Gabbert said. “My job right now is to help anyway I can and be the best teammate and the best leader I can. … I have to get reps in practice at a high level to come back and play.” Since the Jaguars’ first regular-season practice on Sept. 3 Gabbert has fully participated in eight of 23 practices and finished only one game (Week 4 against Indianapolis). Gabbert knows the major problem has been his availability. It’s not like Bradley and the coaching staff have taken away chances from him. “It’s my job to go out there and prove I can stay healthy and prove I can play at a high level to make it hard on the coaches [to not play him]” Gabbert said. To his credit Gabbert has never used having three head coaches coordinators and position coaches in as many years or this season’s injuries as an excuse to say he was snake-bitten.
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