Funny things are happening in Jacksonville.
First, Blaine Gabbert played well in the preseason win over the Jets. Good for him.
Then, he suffered a hairline fracture his thumb in the same game. Not so good for him.
So on Monday, the Jaguars announced Gabbert will be their starting quarterback for the regular-season opener the Chiefs on Sept. 8, and also that he’ll miss the remainder of the preseason because of the thumb injury.
Got it? Only the Jags.
Of course, Gabbert Mania is spreading, and his status as a Real American hero certainly has something to do with that.
Truthfully, the third-year quarterback from Missouri has a lot to prove. His first two seasons have been mostly underwhelming. Yet, new coach Gus Bradley will be his third head coach in as many seasons, so Gabbert will get the chance to start fresh.
He did well in that game against the Jets, completing 13-of-16 passes for 165 yards and leading two scoring drives in his three possessions. His main competition, Chad Henne, couldn’t pry the job loose: He completed a mere 4-of-10 passes for 30 yards with a pick and a sack against Jets second- and third-teamers. Yuck.
Bradley expects Gabbert to be out two weeks but back in time to get ready for the Chiefs. Just in time to continue his hero campaign.