Jaguars Focus: Quarterback Play

Gabbert bobbles

by Cole Pepper

It’s only the second day of training camp, but so far, Blaine Gabbert hasn’t done anything to win over the doubters.

In the Saturday morning session, Gabbert had at least three fumbles, including one he recovered and turned into a completion to Cecil Shorts. Gabbert was also intercepted by corner back Alan Ball during a 2-minute drill.

Coaches have categorized the quarterback position as an open competition for the Jaguars.

Chad Henne was better, good enough to be recognized by his head coach after practice.

“I thought that the two minute drill that he ran, he did a nice job executing the two minute drill,” Bradley said. “He had his opportunity and did a nice job of it.”

Henne wouldn’t bite on direct questions about the quarterback competition, only saying that he’s trying to improve every day and to be a leader on the field.

“I felt good with what we did, but overall it was a good practice,” Henne said. “The ball is going to the right places and we’re doing a good job of protecting the ball.”

Both Henne and Gabbert worked with the first team offense at times during practice, an approach Bradley said he’ll continue to follow.

“Throughout our team, its competition,” Bradley said. “We’ll get guys pushed in there and see how they handle that stage.”

As for Gabbert’s struggles, Bradley will try to use the struggles to improve.

“Those things are all under our control. Whether its the center or the quarterback, its great teaching tape for the team,” Bradley said. “Its not acceptable, we don’t like it, we aren’t going to tolerate it, but lets get it corrected.”

Gabbert to Shipley

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