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QB Blaine Gabbert - Free Agent

6-4, 234Born: 10-15-1989College: MissouriDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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2016 Week 13 vs CHI (4 / 10 / 35 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Gabbert entered the game on the 49ers' first drive of the fourth quarter. Given that it was garbage time, he fared better than Colin Kaepernick, but only marginally. He was sacked once in one quarter rather than five times in three quarters. He completed 40 percent of his passes in garbage time rather than 20 percent in non-garbage time. If there's anything positive to say about Gabbert's performance, it's that his stat line was the victim of several drops. On consecutive plays during his first drive, both Torrey Smith and Vance McDonald flat-out dropped perfectly thrown passes. Of course, maybe they would have caught those passes if not for the 49ers' powers-that-be choosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (18 / 31 / 162 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 70 / 1 rush)

Just like last week, when Gabbert's first pass foreshadowed a game-long battle against his own right arm, he wildly otherthrew a wide-open Garrettt Celek 20 yards downfield on San Francisco's first offensive play. A miss two drives later was even worse: Rod Streater was wide open on a deep post in the middle of the field with no safety over the top. It was a guaranteed touchdown, but Gabbert threw a rocket at least five feet over Streater's head. His second interception was a repeat of last week's decision to try an impossible throw on an intermediate out route to Celek, except this time his pass was intended for Jeremy Kerley and was caught by a defender. The reason? When you try impossible throws, there's no margin for error. Last week, he made a perfect throw. This week, it was too short and too inside. One of Gabbert's other bad habits reappeared against Arizona: happy feet. Other than a few failures to pick up a Cardinals blitz, San Francisco's offensive line did fine in pass protection against standard four-man rushes. Nevertheless, Gabbert repeatedly took off prematurely time and again. The 49ers run so much read-option that Gabbert's rushing totals are necessarily going to be higher than most quarterbacks. Outside of a garbage-time touchdown when he kept the ball on such a play, that wasn't the case this week as most of his "runs" were actually scrambles. One would like to point out a few positives in Gabbert's performance, but there really weren't any.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (16 / 23 / 196 / 1 / 1 pass, 12 / 27 / 0 rush)

Another erratic showing from Gabbert's arm prevented a bigger game on the stat sheet. He made a jaw-droppingly great throw to Garrett Celek for 29 yards in the 3rd quarter, but a jaw-droppingly awful throw on a touchdown-turned-interception in the 4th quarter. He constantly failed to hit receivers in stride on crossing routes. Except for the throw to Celek, his completions required receivers to be wide open (at least by NFL standards). And sometimes even then, he still skipped the ball to them like a lakeside rock. The only thing different about this game from any other was that Gabbert ran the ball more often than usual. This was because Dallas played the read-option by having their defensive end crash towards Carlos Hyde nearly every time, thereby signaling Gabbert to keep the ball over and over. The problem was that the second part of Dallas' strategy was to have a linebacker -- usually Sean Lee -- spy Gabbert at the second level. Instead of there being wide open running lanes off tackle, they quickly vanished, resulting in a Lee tackle.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 25 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)

Gabbert's performance was foreshadowed by the first play of the game. After a full week of preparation, San Francisco lined up with an empty backfield, and Gabbert ran a read-option. Read that again. He ran a read-option without a running back...on the first play of the game! Perhaps charitably, Cian Fahey surmised Gabbert may have forgotten to signal for a presnap shift to get someone into the backfield. Whatever the cause of this mishap, it wasn't a good look. For the ensuing 55 plays, Gabbert was even more inaccurate with his passes than usual. At least three times, his erratic arm forced a receiver with open spaces in front of him on a crossing route make an unnecessarily difficult catch, which negated said yards-after-catch possibility. One of these, a third quarter pass to Quinton Patton, resulted in an interception. Another -- for the second straight week -- exposed Garrett Celek to a vicious hit to his back.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (17 / 36 / 243 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)

Another week, another game with Gabbert's erratic accuracy on full display. He once again went -- almost at random -- from throwing perfectly placed downfield passes one drive, to wildly missing open receiver after open receiver on the next drive. A perfect example of this was a seven-play stretch while the 49ers were trying to mount a late comeback. First, Gabbert threaded a 15-yard pass between two defenders, hitting Vance McDonald in stride for what would become a 75-yard touchdown. On the first play of San Francisco's next drive, Gabbert beautifully lofted the ball over two defenders 25 yards down the middle of the field for what would have been another 75-yard touchdown had McDonald not dropped it. On the very next play, Gabbert threw into double coverage for an interception. After three incompletions to start their next drive (two bad passes and one drop), Gabbert threw behind Torrey Smith 15 yards downfield, which resulted in another interception.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (22 / 35 / 170 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 43 / 0 rush)

The box score might say he ended up with a respectable 63 percent completion percentage, but Gabbert's throws were erratic for the entire game, wildly alternating between perfectly placed threaded needles and missing the broad side of a barn. In the first quarter alone, he skipped his first pass and then badly overthrew Jeremy Kerley on a wide-option would be touchdown. He also threw at least three passes that should have been picked off. The reason Gabbert's completion percentage was respectable despite constant misfires is because he spent the whole game dinking and dunking: According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert's average pass traveled only 5.7 yards in the air, which ranked 28th this week. As a runner, Gabbert mainly took what the defense gave him, scrambling five times in the first half because Rams linebackers completely vacated the middle of the field. Once the defense adjusted, Gabbert stayed put. On designed read-option runs, he gained only 6 yards on 3 carries.


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