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Report: Jags quarterback known as "Blame Gabbert"

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Two years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars took Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick, and he became the team's starting quarterback early in his rookie season. Since then, every major decision-maker in the building has been replaced with a trio of newcomers: owner Shad Khan, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley. And when Caldwell and Bradley do their due diligence on Gabbert, they may not like what they hear, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.

First of all, at the Jags' facility, the 23-year-old is known as Blame Gabbert. "Nothing's ever his fault," said one former Jags assistant. There are internal knocks on Gabbert's intangibles (leadership, attitude, accountability) and, though his pocket presence improved last season, there were still concerns that he gets "scared" under pressure. He also has issues with accuracy (58.3 completion percentage in 2012).

With all of that said, the Jags haven't completely given up on their investment. There's a scenario in which Gabbert goes into training camp as the team's presumed starter, though it's likely the team will bring in at least one young passer. The Jaguars are also open to acquiring a veteran, though it would have to be someone they like more than incumbent backup Chad Henne, who played reasonably well after Gabbert went down with a season-ending injury to his throwing arm in November.

"Don't be surprised at anything we may or may not do," one high-ranking Jags source says. "There are no options off the table."

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