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The Jaguars' quarterback situation is so desparate -- one passing touchdown, fewer than 400 yards, and two interceptions in two games -- that fans are actually petitioning the team to sign Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. Can you believe it? At least one group of fans plans on spending three hours and 16 minutes (in reference to a bible verse Tebow had on his eye black in 2009) at a rally to convince the team to sign him. We can't see a counter-rally in support of either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne materializing, but would this really be a good call for the Jaguars?
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Jaguars go with Gabbert
Here's a secret about QB competitions: They rarely occur between two quarterbacks who don't possess significant flaws. Take the battle in Jacksonville, most recently won by Blaine Gabbert over Chad Henne. Neither quarterback had a completion percentage above 60 percent last season, their QBRs weren't stellar, and combined, they led the Jaguars to a record of 2-14. This year seems like Gabbert's last chance to stick as a starter -- in his two seasons with Jacksonville, he's compiled a mere 5-19 record.
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Will Maurice Jones-Drew be elite again?
Not long ago, Maurice Jones-Drew was a star running back, piling up yards and amassing touchdowns at a fantasy-god level. But last season, a Lisfranc injury in his left foot limited Jones-Drew to six games, 414 yards and a single score. Now Jones-Drew is back, cleared to participate in training camp as he faces a pivotal year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Can the 28-year-old prove to the Jags -- and the NFL -- that he deserves a big new contract? And how much will he help his team, which won just two games last season?
The 2011 Luke McCown era in Jacksonville lasted two games (with zero touchdowns and four interceptions), and now it's time for the Jaguars' great draft hope to take his turn. Blaine Gabbert will be behind center when the Jaguars take the field against Cam Newton's Panthers (and as an aside, isn't it interesting how fast the Panthers have become Newton's team?) Sunday, and honestly, if Gabbert throws for more than 59 yards, it'll be an improvement.
What is Gabbert's future?
The Jaguars will be looking for Gabbert to be their next franchise quarterback, but is he truly up to the task?