Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert
30-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Injury Shoulder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The veteran signal-caller joined the Buccaneers this offseason after a single campaign in Tennessee. Gabbert started 2018 as Marcus Mariota's backup, but he did end up logging a couple starts, including the regular-season finale against the Colts. Gabbert's final numbers - 626 yards, 60.4 percent passing, 4:4 TD:INT - were essentially a microcosm of the perfect mediocrity that has been the 2011 first-round pick's career. But, while a Gabbert-helmed quarterback depth chart is a non-starter for any team with postseason aspirations, he does make for an adequate emergency option. For the time being, he'll serve as an additional tutor for Winston in the intricacies of Bruce Arians' pass-centric offense, with Gabbert having spent the 2017 season playing under Tampa's new head man in Arizona. However, there's certainly a chance that fellow reserve Ryan Griffin outperforms him in training camp and the preseason and ultimately leaves Gabbert on the outside looking in. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Buccaneers in September of 2019.
No return this season
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 16, 2019
Gabbert (shoulder) will not return from injured reserve this season, Jenna Laine of reports.
The confirmation regarding the backup quarterback came directly from coach Bruce Arians on Friday. Gabbert originally suffered the injury during preseason, although he wasn't placed on injured reserve until Sept. 24. Gabbert's confirmed absence the rest of the way gives the embattled Jameis Winston one less reason to look over his shoulder if his up-and-down play continues, considering the veteran signal-caller could have been a viable alternative for Arians due to his experience in the coach's offensive system.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Blaine Gabbert's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
235 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
Shuttle Time
4.26 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
120 in
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Gabbert maintained his unimpressive performance in Arizona during 2017, completing 95 of 171 attempts for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. He'll serve as Marcus Mariota's backup, so he won't see the field unless there's an injury. Even if that happens, Gabbert would be best suited in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Chased out of Jacksonville after three lackluster seasons despite having been the 10th overall pick in 2011, Gabbert came into last year having thrown just 93 passes spread across four games over the previous two campaigns. Colin Kaepernick's continued struggles eventually forced Gabbert into the starting lineup, and he proved to be surprisingly adequate on a team that didn't offer much help. Gabbert's YPA and completion percentage were both career highs, and while the 49ers fortunes didn't improve much with him under center (3-5 with Gabbert as the starter versus 2-6 with Kaepernick at the helm) the coaching staff seemed to think he gave them a better chance to win. One of the many recent college QBs who came out of spread offenses and had trouble adjusting to the NFL, Gabbert has the size, mobility and arm strength most teams look for in a quarterback, but he still has trouble delivering an accurate deep ball - not that the team's lackluster receiving corps and conservative gameplan required him to air it out much. Gabbert should head into Week 1 atop the depth chart and could get a boost from new coach Chip Kelly's uptempo offense, but without an upgraded supporting cast his production will likely remain limited.
Gabbert only entered one game last season in garbage time, and he will likely be just as transparent this season barring a major injury to Colin Kaepernick.
The former top-10 draft pick, Gabbert, was acquired by the 49ers this off-season in exchange for a sixth round pick. He has been a monumental bust so far through his three years with the Jaguars (53.3 CMP%, 22 TD, 24 INT), but he is hoping to preserve his career as a backup behind Colin Kaepernick.
Heading into the offseason, it was really a coin flip as to who will be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars in 2013, but for now, Gabbert will hold on to it. That said, the Jags' new staff has no loyalty to Gabbert, but he's also younger than Chad Henne. Gabbert improved in his second year in the league, increasing his completion rate by nearly eight percentage points and his YPA by more than a half-yard. Still, even after the improvement, his YPA was only 6.0, and the team's passing game didn’t take off last year until Henne took over.
Despite playing so cautiously as to average just 10.5 yards per completion (31st) as a rookie, Gabbert managed to connect on only 50.8 percent of his passes. It’s too early to write him off completely, but the juxtaposition of those numbers generally indicates a profound and perhaps unfixable lack of anticipation skills. Gabbert just didn’t know how to read a defense last year, or at least was too afraid to stand in the pocket long enough to do so. This problem was evident in college, too. The additions of receivers Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson should help somewhat, but Gabbert needs to play with more confidence and better instincts, or Chad Henne will be throwing to them before long.
Although it was a big surprise to see Gabbert fall to the 10th pick in the draft, it’s still tough to see him stealing anything more than a start or two from David Garrard in 2011. Gabbert could have a lot to learn switching from Missouri’s screen-heavy spread offense to a ball-control NFL offense, and it’s not as if Garrard has been a huge liability as a starter. Unless Garrard regresses badly, he figures to be just good enough to stay on the field another year.
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Placed on IR
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 24, 2019
The Buccaneers placed Gabbert (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Will not play vs. Giants
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 20, 2019
Gabbert (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants.
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Absent from practice
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 19, 2019
Gabbert (shoulder) is not practicing Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Still not practicing
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 17, 2019
Gabbert (shoulder) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Ruled out Week 2
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 11, 2019
Gabbert (shoulder) will not be active in Thursday's Week 2 tilt against the Panthers, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
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