By Nicholas Minnix on April 28, 2011
Fantasy analysis: The Jags moved up to take the likely successor to David Garrard. It's a good situation for a player who has to answer questions about his pocket presence, ability to make multiple reads and the time it will take to adapt to taking snaps from under center. Reportedly, the staff will give Gabbert the opportunity to win the starting job right away. In all likelihood, the rookie won't ascend to the No. 1 position in training camp, despite his reputation as a heady, hard worker.
Last season, Jacksonville seemed to incorporate the shotgun a little more frequently, at least in part to protect Garrard. The offensive line was disappointing, particularly in the first half, because of a multitude of injuries. With some luck, and assuming Maurice Jones-Drew can put his knee issues behind him, the unit supporting this team's QB will be solid. J-ville can probably envision ways of tailoring their game plans to suit the rook.
Gabbert, however, is probably only a promising dynasty selection, with little chance of making a serious impact in 2011. His strengths may allow him to seize the moment and score fantasy points, but the supporting cast doesn't inspire without some upgrades. Mike Sims-Walker is essentially gone. Mike Thomas is an above-average possession type, and Marcedes Lewis finally broke through, but beyond the potential emergence of Zach X. Miller as another weapon, little upside is apparent in the short term.