Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (left shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 11. Blaine Gabbert will continue to start. He had a pretty good game against Atlanta, but it’s not advisable to start him in Seattle this week.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 12:52pm
As he did following Gabbert’s showing in the 49ers’ 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Tomsula will meet with Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick the day after the game and let his decision be known at that time.
The Niners, who improved to 3-6 with a 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium on Sunday with Gabbert under center, are on their bye week and next play at the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 22.
Earlier in the day, in his weekly media conference, coach Jim Tomsula said he was not going to make the announcement until after staff meetings and meeting with the quarterbacks.
"Blaine did a nice job, did some really good things with his feet and his arm and his brain," Tomsula said at the time. "Really did a nice job, so congratulations to him."
Gabbert broke the Niners' nine-quarter TD-less streak with a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Garrett Celek in the second quarter. He threw for 185 yards on 15 of 25 passing with the two touchdowns and two interceptions, his fourth straight start with at least two INTs, for a passer rating of 76.2. Gabbert was not sacked, though, as as he gave the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL a spark, while Kaepernick had been sacked 28 times in his past eight games. He's going to be a risky fantasy option going against the Seahawk defense on the road.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers are benching Colin Kaepernick for Gabbert, who was the Jaguars' No. 1 draft pick in 2011. Earlier on Monday, ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez wrote that 49ers coach Jim Tomsula wasn't as definitive after Kaepernick's struggles in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Schefter, citing a source, reported early Tuesday morning that the decision had been made.
Gabbert has played in just one game since the Jaguars traded him to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick in March 2014. The 49ers re-signed Gabbert to a two-year, $4 million contract after the 2014 season. Don't expect a big upgrade in the 49ers offense with Gabbert under center, but the hope is it at least lights a spark. Kaepernick was struggling with his confidence and is the subject of trade rumors.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:20pm
The 49ers brought back Brandon Lloyd this offseason. They also acquired Stevie Johnson and drafted Bruce Ellington. And Quinton Patton has flashed this offseason. So who is in line to be the 49ers' No. 3 receiver, behind starters Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree? The position seemed earmarked for Johnson but he did not get much run in the third preseason game. The 49ers may use this game to get a better feel on their third receiver, even if Kaepernick is long gone from the game and Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are the ones throwing the ball. In any event, coach Jim Harbaugh said he felt "very good" about Stevie Johnson being on the 49ers' 53-man roster.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:45pm
Carlos Hyde, the do-it-all running back out of Ohio State, caught a swing route out of the backfield and turned it into a 20-yard touchdown catch in a red zone team period.
Both rookies made several catches on day 1 of minicamp as well. As far as rookies are concerned, Hyde and Ellington are in a tight race for best rookie at minicamp honors.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:09pm
Receiver Justin Blackmon missed 12 of the Jaguars’ 16 games because of two suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. When Blackmon is reinstated, owner Shad Khan “absolutely” wants him to remain with the team.
There's no doubt that Blackmon has talent. In his last 17 games (which don't include his slow start in his rookie season), he has averaged 5.2 catches for 74 yards and 0.35 TD, which are low-end fantasy WR2 numbers In four games last season, he averaged 7.3-104-.25, which are low-end WR1 numbers -- and that's with Chad Henne/Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball. If he can get his head on straight and the Jaguars can upgrade their QB, Blackmon will be a star. He'd be a high risk pick if he's reinstated in time to play in 2014.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 11:47am
There is a chance QB Chad Henne resigns with the Jags before free agency.
The Jags need a QB and will likely address that in the draft. It looks like they have moved on from Blaine Gabbert, making Henne a possible starter at least to start next year, or a decent backup option to the new starter. Gabbert could be traded or released according to reports.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 6:36pm
Bradley apparently gave no indication of wavering on Henne starting.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 2:06pm
Blaine Gabbert is healthy but the team is sticking with Henne. It doesn't bode well for Gabbert as the winless Jags seem to have seen enough of him and will likely go another direction next season with a high pick in a deep QB draft in 2014.
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 6:29pm
One is his willingness to pull the trigger on downfield throws, which is always a positive in the NFL. Will that result in some forced balls and interceptions? Yes it will. But I believe the willingness to drive the ball down the field is a positive. Quarterbacks who are willing to make throws will throw some interceptions. People will criticize them for those mistakes, but they don’t look at the plays those quarterbacks make with that style.
The other thing is Smith's willingness to stand in the pocket with bodies around him and deliver the ball, and even take some hits. He’s not a flincher, he doesn’t shy away, he’s tough and a strong pocket quarterback. I’m not sure you can teach that. For example, that’s one of Blaine Gabbert's major undoings. He’s soft in the pocket. You can’t be soft in the pocket and be a quality NFL quarterback. And Geno is very tough in the pocket.
Smith has some misreads. He forces some throws. He makes some decisions that are head scratchers. But you expect that because this system is new to him. He ran a pure spread offense at West Virginia, and now he's running a NFL offense.
Greg Cosell's story mentions Smith has his share of misreads and forced throws and decisions he'd like back, but it also says Smith is confident in the pocket with bodies around him and he doesn't shy away. Cosell compared that part of the game to Blaine Gabbert, who struggles in that department, and thus has struggled to put up fantasy numbers. Smith is at least progressing and can be a decent QB2 option depending on the matchup, but his future looks encouraging.
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:59pm
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Even though Gabbert is practicing, Chad Henne will continue to start per HC Gus Bradley. Henne has thrown for 300+ yards in each of the last two weeks but hasn't found the endzone thanks to drops by Justin Blackmon in Week 6 and Cecil Shorts in Week 7. He has a tough matchup with the 49ers this week.
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:31pm
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Even though Gabbert is practicing, Chad Henne will continue to start per HC Gus Bradley. Henne has thrown for 300+ yards in each of the last two weeks but hasn't found the endzone thanks to drops by Justin Blackmon in Week 6 and Cecil Shorts in Week 7. He has a tough matchup with the 49ers this week.
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