Despite praise Jaguars will make Blaine Gabbert compete for job

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The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to make Blaine Gabbert earn the job as the teams starter. This comes after an offseason filled with praise for the 23-year-old.

So naturally when asked if Gabbert should be considered the teams starter the Jaguars backtracked.

“It’s going to be a wide-open competition,” Caldwell said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Currently Jacksonville has Chad Henne who finished out the 2012 season. The team also plans to add another quarterback or two via free agency or the draft.

One man the Jaguars do not appear to be adding is Alex Smith. Like the Browns, the Jaguars have said that they are not in the process of trading for the former 49ers starter.

“I can’t really predict what 31 other teams would do,” Caldwell joked. “But there are some really good things to get excited about with Blaine in terms of his size, his arm strength and athleticism.”

With Gabbert being from the previous regime in Jacksonville and having an underwhelming showing thus far most signs point to someone else leading the Jaguars rebuilding process on the field.