Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jaguars to start rookie Blaine Gabbert against Panthers


The Jacksonville Jaguars are turning to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert according to the Associated Press.

Coach Jack Del Rio named Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching quarterbacks three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the New York Jets.

Del Rio met with Gabbert and McCown on Wednesday morning, then told other players about the switch at a team meeting. Gabbert will start Sunday at Carolina.

The transition was inevitable since the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick in April's draft. Del Rio had hoped to take it slow with the former Missouri standout, even planning to give him a year to watch and learn behind David Garrard. But Garrard had his worst preseason as a starter and was outplayed by McCown, a career backup.

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