The Titans informed Gabbert of his release Friday, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports. Gabbert won two of his three starts in 2018, but he managed just 6.2 yards per pass attempt and had four interceptions on 101 throws. His fate with the Titans was sealed once the team agreed to a trade for Ryan Tannehill, who now slots in as the No. 2 quarterback behind Marcus Mariota. The 29-year-old Gabbert should find another opportunity to compete for a backup job soon enough.
Gabbert completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 165 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts. The Titans asked Gabbert to save their season with Marcus Mariota (elbow) unable to play, but the veteran backup was stifled by the Colts' underrated defense. The 29-year-old spent most of the night hitting his check-down options, which shouldn't come as a surprise given his "game-manager" style. When he was asked to bring the team back from behind, that's when things got ugly. One of his interceptions was especially poor, as it was nowhere near his intended target and hit a Colt defender in the chest. Gabbert definitely looked like a backup in this one, and that is likely to be his ceiling next season.
Gabbert will remain the Titans' backup quarterback for Monday's game against the Texans with starter Marcus Mariota (neck) avoiding an injury designation heading into the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gabbert looked like a candidate for his second start of the season in Week 12 after Mariota exited last weekend's loss to the Colts with what appeared to be an elbow injury. Mariota had previously missed his lone start due to a nerve issue with his throwing elbow, but he received positive news after the Week 11 contest when it was revealed that he was dealing with a neck stinger that was unrelated to his previous injury. The signal-caller proved his health by turning in full practices Friday and Saturday, leaving Gabbert to fill his familiar role as the No. 2 option.
Gabbert completed 11 of 16 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Colts. Gabbert entered the game late in the second quarter after Marcus Mariota exited with an elbow injury. His touchdown came in the final moments of the game on a fade to Tajae Sharpe in the corner of the end zone. Though Gabbert showed the ability to connect with a number of different receivers, he also threw an ugly interception and also has a long history of poor play. There's a chance he will be called upon in Week 12 against the Texans, though head coach Mike Vrabel did indicate after the game that Mariota's elbow injury doesn't appear serious.
Gabbert cleared the league's concussion protocol Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. Gabbert additionally logged his second full practice in a row. The journeyman quarterback is on track to retake his backup position from Austin Davis and will serve as a reserve option behind Marcus Mariota against the Bills on Sunday.
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