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Koetter Reiterates Blaine Gabbert Will Compete To Start

Jaguars Assistant Dirk Koetter says in an interview on the teams official site that rookie QB Blaine Gabbert is going to be in the mix to be a starter, but it remains to be seen just if he is going to be able to make it that far in his rookie year.

David Garrard, who coach Jack Del Rio and Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith have said will be the starter, will get the majority of the repetitions during training camp, with Blaine Gabbert – the No. 10 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft – taking slightly fewer and veteran backup Luke McCown getting slightly fewer than Gabbert. Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter said recently it will break down to Garrard getting about 40 percent of the practice reps, with Gabbert getting about 30 percent and McCown getting about 20 percent. “It’s like 42, 33 and 20 something,” Koetter said. “What it does is create a situation where Blaine will be learning the offense as if he’s the (No.) 2. Luke will technically be the three, but competing to be as high as he can go. It forces Blaine to come along without putting pressure on him to come in and be the starter.”

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