In 2011, Blaine Gabbert was the 10th overall pick of the first round to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Who would have though that just four years later, he’d be fighting for a roster spot to backup the quarterback taken 26 picks later, yet here he finds himself.
In three seasons with Jacksonville, Gabbert became a punch line for a poor Jaguars team that offered almost no offense, think of Alex Smith in his rookie season, but three straight years.
Yeah, that bad.
In 28 games played with the Jags, Gabbert’s career stats looked something like this:
QB rating: 66.4
Completion %: 53.3
TD passes: 22
W-L record: 5-22
If any coach knows about resurrecting a quarterback’s career, it’s 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh, who traded a 6th round pick to obtain Gabbert.
Low risk, high reward was the mentality with Alex Smith, and it follows suit with Gabbert, and on Thursday, he will begin his quest to salvage a career that looked to be over after only 28 games.
In last year’s first preseason game, the 49er starters played a single series before being benched, and you should expect to see the same on Thursday against Baltimore.
The end result should be that Gabbert sees a huge chunk of playing time, and at this stage of his career, any time Gabbert can see the field, preseason or regular season, is a good thing.