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Added September 21st, 2011 by Chalk

Jaguars Name Rookie QB Gabbert Starter Against Panthers
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are making a quarterback change: rookie Blaine Gabbert will make his first NFL start on Sunday as the 1-1 Jags visit fellow rookie QB Cam Newton and the 0-2 Carolina Panthers. Ready or not, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio must figure Gabbert can’t do any worse than veteran Luke McCown who threw four picks last week.

McCown, who played well enough during the preseason that Jacksonville cut longtime starter David Garrard, completed just 6 of 19 passes for 59 yards in Sunday’s 35-3 loss to the New York Jets, the second-worst loss in Del Rio’s nine seasons as Jaguars coach.  McCown was also sacked for a safety and had an incredibly low 1.8 quarterback rating for the game. When Del Rio benched his inept starter after three quarters, Gabbert got his feet wet and made his NFL debut in the fourth, completing 5 of 6 passes for 52 yards.

Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft, while Newton went No. 1 overall.  In two years starting at Missouri, he passed for 6,779 yards, 40 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. During the preseason, Gabbert had a mediocre 64.3 quarterback rating, connecting on 50% of his passes for 365 yards, one TD and one pick.

The Jaguars are 3.5-point road underdogs against the Panthers.

 
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