Gabbert completed 13 of 20 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 win over Houston.
Gabbert slung a swing pass to Taywan Taylor late in the first quarter, Taylor doing the rest on his way to an 18-yard touchdown scamper. That's about where Gabbert's highlights -- aside from a near completion to himself -- end. The Titans won on Sunday with some trickery, defense, and a conservative offense approach. As the third quarter was winding down, Gabbert still had fewer passing yards than safety Kevin Byard. That, and the fact that Marcus Mariota was healthy enough to dress on Sunday, should prevent you from looking Gabbert's way next week.
Gabbert replaced an injured Marcus Mariota (elbow) in Sunday's 27-20, Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 117 yards and an interception.
Gabbert did manage to lead a touchdown drive capped by a four-yard, Dion Lewis run, but the 2011 first-rounder struggled otherwise. If Mariota's forced to miss extended time, the entire Titans offense will be tough to trust with Gabbert at the helm.
Coach Mike Vrabel afforded Gabbert the most work of his three quarterbacks by far, with Marcus Mariota putting up only eight pass attempts before exiting with 4:03 remaining in the first half. Gabbert looks to be an ideal backup, young enough to still be a viable option if asked to step in yet boasting a solid amount of starting experience on his resume. The 28-year-old isn't a threat to Mariota's starting job, but his performances through three preseason games (35-for-55 for 350 yards, two TDs, no INTs) imply that he'd be capable of keeping the Titans offense afloat for a certain period of time if the latter were to suffer an injury.
Gabbert reached an agreement to sign with the Titans on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
The Titans were searching for an upgrade for their No. 2 quarterback spot after releasing Matt Cassel earlier in March. While not exactly reliable, Gabbert is at least closer to Marcus Mariota in terms of playing style, having run for 440 yards on 94 carries (4.7 average) in 19 appearances for the 49ers and Cardinals the past three seasons. The 2011 first-round pick went 2-3 in five starts for Arizona last year, completing 95 of 171 passes (55.6 percent) for 1,086 yards (6.4 per attempt), with six touchdowns, six interceptions, 23 sacks and seven fumbles (two lost). Gabbert may have to fend off Alex Tanney or another veteran in a competition for Tennessee's backup job.
Following the retirements of quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are starting from scratch from a scheme standpoint, which will be dictated by whoever GM Steve Keim brings in to replace Arians. As such, the quarterback room will have a different look from 2017, with Arians' favorite and unrestricted free agent Drew Stanton (torn ACL) almost certainly out of the picture. Gabbert could be in the same boat after an uninspiring run as Arizona's starting QB for five games this season. Overall, he completed just 55.6 percent of his throws for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns versus six interceptions. The 28-year-old will learn of his fate at some point in the coming months.
|3||9/23/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||7||3||42.9||38||5.43||20||1||0||0/0||1||0||100.0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||282||178||63.1||2031||7.20||71||10||7||25/164||27||5||86.2|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||160||91||56.9||925||5.78||75||5||6||11/48||10||1||68.4|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||1||5||5.0||5||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||32||185||5.8||44||1||1||8|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||40||173||4.3||24||2||1||15|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||1||-16||-16.0||-16||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||4||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|