With the acquisition of Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the San Francisco 49ers have managed a rarity: two quarterbacks from the same draft on one roster. Furthermore, both were taken in the first two rounds. Finally, the one taken first of the two is now the unquestioned backup.
The Washington Redkins, of course, have both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. Few other teams that I can think of, at least, have or have had this scenario recently. Gabbert is an intriguing prospect, even at this stage in his career, as he possesses all of the physical tools necessary to succeed as an NFL quarterback. Like former 49er Alex Smith, Gabbert was the victim of an incredibly bad team and coaching staff turnover. If Jim Harbaugh can do to Gabbert what he did for Colin Kaepernick and Smith, well, the NFL may have a new quality starter on its hands in 3 years.
No one, however, is suggesting that Gabbert will replace Kaepernick. The 49ers do, however, now have a plan B should Kaepernick regress or fail to further develop his passing game. Much more importantly–and pertinently–the 49ers just mighgt have the quality backup QB that they have been craving ever since they parted ways with Smith.