Had this been three years ago, maybe then Blaine Gabbert would approach Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with additional incentive. Beat the team that drafted him 10th overall but gave up on him. But more than three-and-a-half years have passed since the Jaguars flipped Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick to clear the decks for Blake Bortles, who was drafted third overall a month later. For Gabbert, it will be the Arizona Cardinals against the Jaguars, not him against the Jaguars. “That was so long ago,” Gabbert said. “A lot of time has passed. I don’t think the emotions will play a role in it.” Jaguars fans still have strong emotions about Gabbert and they are nearly universally negative. He won only five of 27 starts for the quarterback-starved franchise from 2011-13. He would make some eye-popping throws but was inconsistent and then his health betrayed him. The Jaguars moved on to Bortles and Gabbert moved on to the 49ers (three years) and Arizona (first year). He will make his second start for the Cardinals after injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.
Blaine Gabbert on emotions of facing Jaguars: ‘A lot of time has passed’
Jacksonville Times-Union | Nov 26