Rams Insider: Rams Ready for Gabbert, Jaguars

Rams Insider: Rams Ready for Gabbert, Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars passes during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on November 8, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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by FootballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

(FootballStL) -- Sunday afternoon will mark the return of St.Louis native Blaine Gabbert when the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams will be looking to spoil Gabbert's homecoming party after getting blown out last Thursday night by the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jags come into their match-up with the Rams winless (0-4) on the season.  Gabbert has struggled at quarterback since becoming the 10th pick out of Mizzou in 2011. Last week, Gabbert completed 17 of 32 for 179 yards and 3 interceptions in the Jags loss to the Colts.

"The quarterback's got five interceptions and they've all been tipped", said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. "That's a familiar territory for us. He keeps drives alive with his legs."

Gabbert is keeping his approach simple when it comes to the interceptions. “It’s part of the game and what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to look at the reasons why," said Gabbert. "It’s all 11 guys on the field having an effect on every single play. Interceptions are a part of the game. Obviously, you want to eliminate them or minimize them as much as you can, but when they do happen you’ve got to find ways to overcome them. We had opportunities in that game to score and we just didn’t capitalize on them.”

Jags Head Coach Gus Bradley says injuries have hampered Gabbert throughout his young career. "To Blaine's credit, we haven't had consistent weeks with Blaine as far as practice", said Bradley. " This will be the first time that he's gone back to back weeks without being injured. When you think about it, I think he has practices in like five weeks for us. So, now to get him back and get him in the rhythm of practice weeks and get him in that mode, I think that's what he needs more than anything right now."

Gabbert and his Jags are 11 point underdogs against the Rams this weekend.

Meanwhile, Gabbert continues his adjustment as an NFL quarterback with one of the worst teams in the league. “Patience is key. It’s a very long season and you’ve just got to ride the wave," said Gabbert.   "There are going to be peaks and valleys in every football game and every year. But it’s the quarterback’s job, and it’s really an NFL player’s job, to still come into work with the same mindset day-in and day-out – eager to get better, eager to learn – because you know that things will change.”

 

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