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Blaine Gabbert criticized by former Jaguars assistant

Talk to the current Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff, and they sound optimistic about quarterback Blaine Gabbert. They aren't giving up on him, although they aren't exactly counting on Gabbert to start yet either.

Talk to former Jaguars coaches, and you might get a different response.

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How bad was it? The young quarterback is known by the name "Blame Gabbert" inside the Jaguars' facility. Gabbert's on-field performance has enough concerns. It's not a great sign that Silver says there also are issues with Gabbert's intangibles.

This is not a great draft class for quarterbacks, and the free-agent class is even worse. But we expect the Jaguars to be aggressive loading up on the position.

"Don't be surprised at anything we may or may not do," one "high-ranking" Jaguars source told Silver. "There are no options off the table."

Gabbert remains one of the options. But he's going to face an uphill battle to remain the best option this year, much less in 2014.

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