With day six of training camp done and a wealth of injuries starting to pile up on the Jaguars, it is nice to know that Blaine Gabbert is making strides each day.
Alright, “gradual” improvement as head coach Mike Mularkey put it.
But if senior Jaguars writer John Oehser and Mularkey are right, Gabbert is doing the one thing he absolutely needs to do more of to be better: standing strong in the pocket. Gabbert was especially impressive to Mularkey during the two minute drill at the end of practice when he stood tall despite pressure coming at hime.
As we all remember many of Gabbert’s 40 sacks last year were from phantom pressure. The poor kid simply could not stand tall in the pocket, step up to avoid pressure, and wait as long as he needed to in order to deliver the ball on target and on time. It all comes down to the pressure he feels.
It’s nice to know that for the first time in Gabbert’s pro career he is being noted for withstanding pressure some. If he has a full offseason last year, maybe we wouldn’t be applauding the young signal caller for learning this skill just now before the 2012 preseason.
- Luke N. Sims