Blaine Gabbert Fantasy News
Jaguars want Justin Blackmon back
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:20pm
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.
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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.
Chad Henne to remain starter in Week 8
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:21am
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