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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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Coach Chip Kelly said he remains "real confident" in Blaine Gabbert as the starter.
Gabbert is completing just 55.2 percent of his passes at 5.5 yards per attempt with a 3:3 TD:INT ratio. He simply isn't getting it done, as the 49ers have been rocked in two-straight games. Kelly said Colin Kaepernick will continue to be the No. 2 until he gets his body (gains weight) back to its 2013 form. Sep 28 - 1:51 PM

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Blaine Gabbert completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.

He added 22 yards on five scrambles. After the performance, Chip Kelly continued to insist that he never considered inserting Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers simply do not have a passing game with Gabbert under center, and they seem content to get their grills pushed in by opponents before piling up rushing stats late in blowout losses. In Week 4, Gabbert will be a low-end two-quarterback-league option against the Cowboys.
Sep 25 - 7:21 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he is not yet considering a quarterback change.

He probably will eventually, but not quite yet. The 49ers are second to last in the NFL in both yards per play (4.4) and yards per pass attempt (5.8), ahead of only the Rams in those categories. That includes a 75-yard touchdown to Vance McDonald. "He's our starter. I've got a lot of confidence in Blaine," said Kelly. "We're not thinking or talking about not having Blaine in there. It's about everybody on offense playing better right now." Kelly's mind may change following a Week 3 trip to Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Sep 19 - 4:14 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 17-of-36 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

He also scored on a one-yard sneak. Gabbert's stat line is misleading in a game Carolina had multiple turnovers. He took six sacks and failed to move the offense when the 49ers' had a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter. Gabbert's yardage was inflated on a 75-yard touchdown to TE Vance McDonald against broken coverage. The 49ers play Seattle in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Coach Chip Kelly announced Blaine Gabbert will start the 49ers' Week 1 opener against the Rams.

It's officially official now. Kelly said Colin Kaepernick will be the No. 2, with Christian Ponder winning the No. 3 job over rookie Jeff Driskel. Gabbert looked fairly mediocre this summer in joint practices and preseason games, but Kaepernick didn't do anything to push him out of the seat. Gabbert's leash is likely short, as all three of he, Kaepernick, and Ponder could make starts this year.
Sep 3 - 5:20 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee, "all signs" point to Blaine Gabbert getting the Week 1 start versus Los Angeles.

It's going to be a tough road for Blaine Train, who starts off versus the Rams, at the Panthers, and at the Seahawks. The 49ers then host the Cowboys and Cardinals in Weeks 4-5. Gabbert has done nothing to win the starting quarterback job this preseason, but no superior alternatives have stepped forward. Gabbert starting could be good news for the fantasy value of safety valve TE Vance McDonald.
Aug 27 - 2:46 AM

Blaine Gabbert completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

The Niners treated Gabbert like a locked-in starter, leaving him on the field for only two possessions. They also likely wanted to get a longer look at Colin Kaepernick, of course. Gabbert tossed a swing pass to Quinton Patton for a touchdown, but it was ruled a rushing score because the connection happened behind the line of scrimmage. Gabbert will likely start in Week 1 against the Rams, but he could enter the season on a short leash.
Aug 26 - 11:10 PM

Blaine Gabbert is expected to start the 49ers' third preseason game.

As ESPN's Bob Holtzman notes, it's an "indication" Colin Kaepernick "will have to play really well" to win the 49ers' starting job. It won't be hard to play better than Gabbert, but Gabbert getting the start in the regular season dress rehearsal remains notable. Gabbert can probably still escape as the likely Week 1 starter if he plays competently and Kaepernick struggles at all.
Aug 26 - 7:59 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Keshawn Martin
4Rod Streater
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson