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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jul 22 - 8:20 PM
Source: ESPN

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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

Blaine Gabbert completed 30-of-50 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the 49ers' Week 15 loss to the Bengals.

He rushed twice for ten yards. After absorbing four more on Sunday, Gabbert has now taken 17 sacks in his last three games. The jig appears to be up on Gabbert, whose pocket presence has gone back in the gutter the more he's played. Gabbert should be aggressively targeted by fantasy D/ST streamers when the 49ers visit Detroit in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:48:00 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula credited OC Geep Chryst for Blaine Gabbert's surprisingly competent play this season.

"I think people outside of our hub, from my understanding, were surprised with what Blaine’s doing and how he’s progressing," Tomsula said before giving Chryst and quarterbacks coach Steve Logan credit for the work they have done with the 2011 first-round pick. Gabbert has not been stellar as the starter, but he has completed 63.2 percent of his throws and owns a 6-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Gabbert has shown he can be an effective bridge quarterback if the 49ers decide to move on from Colin Kaepernick this offseason.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Blaine Gabbert completed 18-of-28 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' Week 14 loss to the Browns, adding three rushes for 19 yards.

It was a disaster game from Gabbert, who took nine sacks. He managed a garbage-time touchdown to Jerome Simpson on the final drive. Gabbert has been an upgrade on Colin Kaepernick, but is still one of the worst starters in the league. He won't be a streaming option for Week 15 against the Bengals.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 18-of-32 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown and rushed six times for 75 yards and a score in the 49ers' Week 13 overtime win over the Bears.

Gabbert was doing absolutely nothing through the first three quarters, but he made two huge plays in the fourth quarter and overtime. The first was a 44-yard touchdown run to tie the game with 1:42 left in the fourth, and the second was a 71-yard bomb to Torrey Smith to close out the game in overtime. The finish will mask the fact the 49ers offense could do absolutely nothing through 58 minutes of game time and ran just 14 combined plays in the 1st and 3rd quarters, but San Francisco fans will hardly care. Gabbert has shown he can be a competent quarterback in his four starts and has been surprisingly effective with his legs, but his weekly upside is limited by the offense. He will not be a streaming option even in a great matchup against Cleveland next week.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:26:00 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 25-of-36 passes for 318 yards, a touchdown and an interception Week 12 against the Cardinals.

Gabbert played well for the third game in a row and had the 49ers in a position to win deep into the game. He made several impressive throws on the move and opened up with a few more deep shots late in the game. Gabbert did take a costly sack on the potential game-winning drive which set up a 4th-and-20, but all in all it was another solid performance. Gabbert is not worth starting next week at Chicago, but he should at least give San Francisco a chance to win.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 08:01:00 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 22-of-34 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' Week 11 loss to the Seahawks.

Gabbert actually looked competent for the second-straight start in a very tough road date in one of the toughest places to play. This 29-13 loss wasn't on him, as the San Francisco defense had no answer for Russell Wilson or Thomas Rawls. Gabbert made a number of nice throws, throwing a dart to Vance McDonald for his lone touchdown and drilling several other passes over the middle. He only took two sacks and didn't turn the ball over. Gabbert still isn't very fantasy-relevant as a bottom-end QB2, but he's made the 49ers at least watchable for consecutive games. He'll have another tough test against the Cardinals at home in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:43:00 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula intimated he is prepared to go week to week with his starting quarterback decision.

When Tomsula was asked if he was willing to meet with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick after each game to discuss the situation, he said, "Yeah. Well, yes. I mean, yes and no." Gabbert will start this week after looking surprisingly competent before the bye, but Kaepernick will likely make more starts this season.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Jeff Driskel
4Thad Lewis
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3DuJuan Harris
4Kelvin Taylor
5Mike Davis
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
FB1Bruce Miller
WR11Torrey Smith
2Bruce Ellington
3DeAndrew White
4Dres Anderson
5Devon Cajuste
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jerome Simpson
3Eric Rogers
4Aaron Burbridge
5DeAndre Smelter
WR31Bruce Ellington
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Je'Ron Hamm
5Rory Anderson
LT1Joe Staley
2Colin Kelly
3Fahn Cooper
LG1Zane Beadles
2Brandon Thomas
3Alex Balducci
C1Daniel Kilgore
2Marcus Martin
3Ian Silberman
RG1Josh Garnett
2Andrew Tiller
3Blake Muir
RT1Erik Pears
2Trent Brown
3John Theus
4Norman Price
K1Phil Dawson
2John Lunsford