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Blaine Gabbert | Quarterback | #2

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/15/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (10) / JAC
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Blaine Gabbert completed 6-of-9 passes for 69 yards in the 49ers' second preseason game.
It wasn't pretty, but it was an improvement on Gabbert's dreadful opener. As expected, Gabbert's completions have largely consisted of checkdowns and between-the-numbers throws. His favorite target has appeared to be Vance McDonald. Gabbert has targeted Carlos Hyde four times and completed none of them. Among 19 attempts in August, Gabbert has targeted Torrey Smith just once. Aug 20 - 10:23 PM

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Blaine Gabbert completed 4-of-10 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' preseason opener Sunday night.

He added 18 yards on three scrambles. Gabbert looked jittery in the pocket and repeatedly settled for checkdowns, but was horribly inaccurate even on passes very near to the line of scrimmage. He badly missed Carlos Hyde and later Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton. Gabbert did identify Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney falling down in coverage, and hit Vance McDonald for a 43-yard touchdown before giving way to Thad Lewis. While we doubt Gabbert will last 16 games as the 49ers' starter, there's little question he's going to start in Week 1.
Aug 14 - 7:40 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Blaine Gabbert has been the "landslide favorite" for the 49ers' starting quarterback job "for weeks."

Caplan says coach Chip Kelly has tried to be "fair" to Colin Kaepernick in the faux-quarterback battle, but Kaepernick is clearly behind and falling behind further while battling soreness in his throwing shoulder. Gabbert has been more accurate in practice and is quietly one of the NFL's most athletic quarterbacks, giving the 49ers read-option potential. The 49ers tried to trade Kaepernick to the Broncos before April's draft, but would not agree to absorb a chunk of Kaepernick's contract. Thus, Gabbert is going to start for as long as he lasts, and Kaepernick will open the season holding a clipboard.
Aug 14 - 5:43 PM

Entering their preseason opener, Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman believes the 49ers' quarterback competition has already "ended."

This is the building consensus among Bay Area reporters, with most tabbing Blaine Gabbert as the locked-in starter. Colin Kaepernick is dealing with an injury and/or soreness in his throwing shoulder, while Gabbert has largely outplayed him with both healthy. A checkdown machine, Gabbert winning the battle would be good news for checkdown magnets Bruce Ellington and Shaun Draughn.
Aug 12 - 3:58 PM

Blaine Gabbert will start Sunday's preseason opener against the Texans.

Colin Kaepernick is dealing with arm fatigue but Gabbert probably would have gotten the start anyway. He's been working with the first team since training camp opened two weeks ago. Kaepernick missed most of the offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery, though the injury was to his non-throwing shoulder. Kelly said he's waiting to announce a starter for Week 1 but all signs point to Gabbert.
Aug 12 - 1:57 PM

The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami considers Blaine Gabbert the "enormous favorite" to start Week 1 over Colin Kaepernick.

Kawakami acknowledges it's still "possible" Chip Kelly opts for Kaepernick, but states "all current signs point to Gabbert." It's no secret Trent Baalke is a tyrannical GM, and Kawakami says Baalke and CEO Jed York view Gabbert as a quarterback they can "control," whereas Kaepernick is more of a wild card. It's a testament to just how dysfunctional the 49ers have become on Baalke's watch. The 49ers' front office views Kaepernick as a "Harbaugh guy." Whether Kelly would go against Baalke and York's wishes remains to be seen.
Aug 9 - 8:56 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly says the preseason will be "huge" in the team's quarterback competition.

It's great news for Blaine Gabbert, who looks Canton-bound every August. Colin Kaepernick is the better athlete, better on-paper fit for Kelly's offense and only quarterback on the roster who's had meaningful NFL success, but Gabbert seems to be the favorite. Kap's game was in a dreadful place last season.
Aug 2 - 4:55 PM

Blaine Gabbert "has a good grasp" of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Gabbert is the favorite to start after getting most of the first-team reps this offseason. "Many in the organization" see him as a better fit than Colin Kaepernick, who missed OTAs and was limited at minicamp. Even with Kaepernick ready for training camp, it sounds like the starting job is Gabbert’s to lose. The 49ers can potentially save $2 million in roster bonuses from benching Kaepernick.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

The Sacramento Bee expects Blaine Gabbert to open training camp as the 49ers' starting quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick (various surgeries) resumed practicing at OTAs on Tuesday, but "looked a bit rusty" and worked behind Gabbert in 7-on-7 drills. Kaepernick may not progress to 11-on-11 work until training camp. The Sac Bee's Matt Barrows anticipates Gabbert opening camp atop the depth chart with Kaepernick, Thad Lewis, and Jeff Driskel behind him, and practicing in that same order.
Jun 7 - 8:29 PM

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn believes the 49ers are internally pulling for Blaine Gabbert to beat out Colin Kaepernick for the team's starting quarterback job.

Cohn notes the 49ers aren't even publishing pictures of Kaepernick on their website, which Cohn believes is "symbolic" and indicative of the 49ers wanting Kaepernick to "fade into the background, drop off the edge." Cohn believes the 49ers' front office and team are "tired of" Kaepernick and "want Gabbert to be the starting quarterback and the face of the franchise." Cohn goes so far as to suggest the 49ers hope to demote Kaepernick to third string in order to avoid paying his per-game roster bonuses. Although it's still very early in the offseason, Gabbert looks like the tentative favorite to start under new coach Chip Kelly.
May 7 - 10:18 PM

According to TE Garrett Celek, Blaine Gabbert has been "definitely taking control" as the starting quarterback at 49ers' voluntary workouts.

"Whoever’s at quarterback needs to take control and be our leader out there. And he’s definitely doing that," Celek said. "I think he’s definitely developing more and more as the days go on." Gabbert is the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback at these very elementary workouts because Colin Kaepernick (thumb, knee, shoulder) remains on the shelf and isn't expected to be cleared until June 1. When Kap does gain clearance, he and Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting job. Gabbert is getting an early leg up in coach Chip Kelly's new offense.
May 4 - 1:01 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "continues to hear" 49ers coach Chip Kelly is "more enamored with trying to resurrect Blaine Gabbert's career" than selecting a quarterback in the draft.

The 49ers are greasing the skids for Colin Kaepernick's seemingly inevitable departure, though we'd guess Kelly's supposed love for Gabbert is mostly related to the fact that he isn't sure if either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff will remain at No. 7 overall. The 49ers' best option is sticking with Kap, but the sides seem to have irreconcilable differences. We still aren't putting much stock in Gabbert's supposed 2015 revival.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 2:34 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said he has been "impressed" by Blaine Gabbert.

"He’s big," Kelly said. "He’s a 6-4, 245-pound guy that can really run. I thought the last part of the season he played really well. It’ll be intriguing to work with him, too." Gabbert showed surprising competence early in his starting run last season, but he struggled to make plays and took too many sacks down the stretch. Only 26, it is possible Kelly turns Gabbert's career around, but the first-round bust is who he is at this point. Even if the 49ers move on from Colin Kaepernick, Gabbert should be nothing more than a stopgap.
Mar 26 - 10:28 AM

Blaine Gabbert completed 28-of-44 passes for 354 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 49ers' Week 17 win over St. Louis.

Although Gabbert wound up playing more competently than most imagined -- many envisioned him as a surefire tire fire following Colin Kaepernick's midseason benching -- Gabbert didn't exactly show well. His tendency is to opt for checkdowns as opposed to challenge downfield, and Gabbert still cringes in the pocket when pressured. Gabbert's timidity in the pocket also seems to result in come-and-go accuracy. Either way, Gabbert has proven a useful backup and should return as San Francisco's No. 2 quarterback in 2016. Their No. 1 is to be determined.
Jan 3 - 8:08 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 22-of-33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' Week 16 loss to Detroit.

He added one rush for nine yards and took "only" three sacks after absorbing 17 across his previous three games. Gabbert engineered a pair of first-half touchdown drives, capping the first with a one-yard touchdown to Vance McDonald and the second with a 16-yard scoring connection to Torrey Smith. The 49ers' offense fell off a cliff thereafter, finishing with 17 points compared to the Lions' 32. Gabbert has shown high-end backup-caliber ability in spots this season, but his consistency has been lacking over the course of full games. Either way, he's helped his NFL stock at age 26 and now figures to have a long career as a clipboard holder.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Jeff Driskel
4Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
5Kelvin Taylor
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Shaun Draughn
2Carlos Hyde
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jerome Simpson
3DeAndrew White
4Aaron Burbridge
5Devon Cajuste
WR21Bruce Ellington
2Quinton Patton
3DeAndre Smelter
4Ryan Whalen
5DiAndre Campbell
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Garrett Celek
2Vance McDonald
3Bruce Miller
4Blake Bell
5Rory Anderson
LT1Joe Staley
2Colin Kelly
3Fahn Cooper
LG1Josh Garnett
2Zane Beadles
3Brandon Thomas
4Alex Balducci
C1Daniel Kilgore
2Marcus Martin
3Ian Silberman
RG1Anthony Davis
2Andrew Tiller
3Blake Muir
RT1Trent Brown
2Erik Pears
3John Theus
4Norman Price
K1Phil Dawson
2John Lunsford