Gabbert Already Digging Deep Into the Playbook

Blaine Gabbert seems to be one of the few NFL rookies lucky enough to already have a playbook, but the new Jags QB is happy to have it and is already looking deep into it.

The first-round draft choice from Missouri took advantage of a one-day, court-ordered window during the NFL’s lockout of the players to visit with Jacksonville’s coaching staff. He also was given the equivalent of a pro football bible, and immediately began studying the playbook, even if he couldn’t put it to use on a field.

“It’s great to have it, and I’ve already gotten into it a lot,” Gabbert said soon after he was taken 10th overall in the draft. “But I don’t have any teammates right now to run through the plays with.”

With minicamps and offseason workouts normally occurring in early and mid-May, Gabbert and his fellow rookies are among the most obvious losers as the lockout heads toward a third month.

“If this goes into June,” 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon said, “I’ve had coordinators tell me you could pretty much write off the first year for these rookies. The coaches want to install as much as they can in minicamps, see what the new players can retain, then have them come back for other minicamps and offseason workouts, so by the time they get to training camps, they have seen what they need to do a few times.

“If the first time they do any of that is in training camp, that’s not going to get it done.”

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