In the first week of camp, I watched Blaine Gabbert throw.
He made some that I hadn't been seen on a Jaguars practice field ever.
So the question is this: Why didn't he just open the season as the starter?
The coaches just weren't sure he was ready. They were concerned that he wasn't comfortable enough in the pocket, not comfortable enough with all the reads.
The team gave him the chance to win the job, but he never did. He didn't take it in camp.
Now it's his.
Gabbert has a chance to be special.
There are a couple of concerns. Some scouts wonder if he is too apt to feel phantom pressure.
From what I've watched, that's the only knock. But that can be because he's young.
The big arm is there. The ability to read the field seems to be there.
During one practice this summer, former quarterback David Garrard took a snap from center and looked down the field. There was a wide-open receiver, but Garrard never saw him.
Standing behind the play, Gabbert, according to a team source, said, "it's there."
Gabbert, at 6-5, could see over the line. Garrard, at 6-1, always seemed to have problems with that.
Gabbert carries himself like a quarterback. He has that swagger.
Now it's time to show that Jaguars are his team -- for a long time.
The Jaguars have never really had their own draft-and-develop franchise quarterback. Now they do.
If he can show he was worth that top-10 pick.
Why not play him? The Jaguars aren't going to the playoffs anyway.