I can already feel the rage pulsating through my veins! Over at NFL.com, Marc Sessler decided it was time to rank out the projected backup quarterbacks across the league. As he points out, the NFL saw 54 quarterbacks take snaps at one point or another last year. And just to fire all of us up (OK, maybe not ALL of us), Sessler ranked Blaine Gabbert dead last.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars a year ago for a sixth round pick. He was a first round pick of the Jaguars in 2011, but never panned out. In 2014, he made one regular season appearance for the 49ers, taking snaps against the Denver Broncos in a blowout loss. He was 3 of 7 for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Sessler ranked the backup quarterbacks based on the order in which he would pick them to start a game. He looked at playing experience, recent game tape, and general team situation. This resulted in Mark Sanchez, Mike Glennon and Ryan Fitzpatrick occupying the top three spots.
It is hard to really agree or disagree on a lot of these guys because we see so little of them. Guys like Kirk Cousins, Drew Stanton and Derek Anderson all make some sense higher up the list because of their past experience in games. However, when you get to guys whose primary tape comes from the preseason, it's hard to do much with it.
As for Gabbert, well, I am not surprised a ranking would be particularly down on him. He has seen little playing time in San Francisco, and it's not like he was coming off a particularly quality stretch in Jacksonville. The 49ers signed him to a two-year deal this offseason, so Geep Chryst and Steve Logan have some time to work with him. Of course, if the 49ers have reached the point where they need to insert Gabbert into the starting lineup, either something really bad has happened, or they are rolling in a blowout.
Where would you rank him compared to the players on that list?