Gabbert Strides Forward

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert didn't look like a Pro Bowler on Friday night but he did look like a starting NFL quarterback. Find out what his head coach had to say about Gabbert's struggles last year and how he's doing now.

The stat sheet says that Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert connected on 5 of 10 throws for 62 yards and a touchdown. He lost a fumble on a sack and accounted for seven points in three possessions.

Blaine Gabbert's performance on Friday night didn't remind anyone of 2011 Aaron Rodgers.

For Jaguars fans that witnessed a historically inept passing offense last year, Friday night represented hope that the Jacksonville passing game can at the very least be functional, if not efficient.

Jacksonville took its opening possession and drove the team 89 yards down the field, the drive culminating with a perfectly thrown Blaine Gabbert to Cecil Shorts fade in the corner of the end zone. This came against a full complement of Giants starters on defense.

"I was extremely proud of Blaine tonight," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said. "No more pressure on him than anybody in the stadium when he walked into that huddle. And to take a team 90 yards and the things he did on third down. To do it all right and not do anything self-inflicted and move the ball down there against that defense, I was very proud of him."

One great preseason drive does not make a Pro Bowl season but it does give Jaguars fans something that they didn't have last season- hope at the quarterback position.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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