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QB Blaine Gabbert - San Francisco 49ers

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

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It's not surprising that Gabbert has been given a second NFL chance after his disastrous Jacksonville stint. But it's truly shocking that he's actually the best starting option somewhere. Gabbert stepped in for anemic starter Colin Kaepernick midway through the 2015 season and turned in by far the best play of his career, and the team seems convinced he's the best man going forward. It's hard to argue; Kaepernick is a sheer mess when presiding over a passing game, while Gabbert was an above-average NFL passer by most metrics. With Chip Kelly in town and offensive volume headed through the roof, Gabbert has sneaky value at the end of the QB2 spectrum. Yes, Gabbert was unequivocally bad as a Jaguar. Prior to 2015, he "boasted" a 66.8 rating and a 3.79 adjusted net yards per attempt that was significantly worse than even Tim Tebow's. But that was only a sample of 784 attempts; it's also fair to lend some credence to his adequate 2015 passing performance. He still took too many sacks and struggled mightily to push the ball downfield, but he posted his best efficiency numbers by a mile and tacked on 23 rushing yards a game. The rushing aspect is big: Consider that Kelly asked lead-footed Nick Foles to take 4.4 rushes per game in 2013. Note that Gabbert posted better three-cone and jump numbers at his 2011 combine than Kaepernick did at his, and that Pro Football Focus credits him with the stronger 2015 scrambling production of the two. Gabbert probably boasts a similar upside to that of realistic, 2014 Foles: a borderline QB2 with moderate job security and sneaky upside in an offense that takes as many snaps as anyone. But unlike 2014 Foles, Gabbert is coming to fantasy owners nearly free of charge, with a current ADP at the sheer bottom of most drafts. (May 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 33, 25, 28, 29, 30, 30, 32, 33, 34, 34, 34, 34
QB Dynasty - 39, 36, 39, 42

Stats and Projections

2013 JAX 3 42 86 481 1 7 9 32 0
2014 SF 1 3 7 38 1 0 1 5 0
2015 SF 8 178 282 2031 10 7 32 185 1 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 13 245 403 * * * 45 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 252 410 * * * 33 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 6 114 200 * * * 30 * * *

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Latest News

49ers | Colin Kaepernick not falling behind (Tue May 17, 03:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.'

Our View: We're not so sure about that. The Kelly offense isn't overly complex, but getting into a rhythm within the system is a must...and Kaepernick isn't healthy enough to do that just yet. We see Gabbert as the uninspiring front-runner in this competition. Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.
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49ers | Chip Kelly impressed with Blaine Gabbert (Mon May 16, 01:38 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has impressed new head coach Chip Kelly with his athleticism in offseason workouts. 'He's extremely athletic,' Kelly began. 'It's interesting, the three of them, if you look at Driskel, Blaine and Kap, they're all 6-4 plus, and all can run. All of them are at 4.6 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) or under 4.6, which is kind of rare to have three guys that can do the same thing. It's beneficial to you.'

Our View: Weep for the 49ers football fans. A rich history at QB which includes all-time greats like Joe Montana and Steve Young is now entrusted to....Blaine Gabbert. Perhaps Gabbert can fit in the Kelly system, but we are doubtful about his ability to be a quality starter. When healthy, Colin Kaepernick will be able to push Gabbert for the starting job.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick to compete when healthy (Sat May 14, 08:27 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) will compete with QB Blaine Gabbert for the starting quarterback job once training camp begins and Kaepernick is closer to full strength, head coach Chip Kelly said.

Our View: Gabbert has a good head start on Kaepernick, and it may be difficult for him to catch up. Not only does Kaepernick have to get healthy after three offseason surgeries, he also needs to put more weight on. Recent pictures of Kaeperncik show that he's really thin right now compared to his previous physique. Add in the fact that some think Kaepernick doesn't want to be there and we think this is looking more and more like Gabbert's job.
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