Found August 23, 2012 on Football Nation:
As quarterback Blaine Gabbert shot up draft boards in 2011 after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, many wondered if his transition from Missouri’s spread offense would go cleanly.His game tape was more good than bad, but his lack of down-field throws belied his impressive arm strength.With his lack of experience playing under center, many wondered how Gabbert would react to processing defenses while dropping back, or how well he could process defenses in a pre-snap reads.When running a play-action pass, a quarterback has his back to the defense and must anticipate coverage in order to know where he is going with the ball after the fake without seeing the coverage develop.Behind a porous offensive line, Gabbert often felt pressure that was not there, failing to keep his eyes down field and bailing out of the pocket before routes could fully develop.Widely written off by many as a bust, Gabbert comes into tonight’s “dress rehearsal” game against the Ravens with two much-improv...
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