Blaine Gabbert

Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback #2
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback #2

Blaine Gabbert News

Landing in Kansas City

The Chiefs are slated to sign Gabbert, Pat McAfee of the Pat McAfee Show reports.

Analysis: With Chad Henne retiring after the Chiefs' Super Bowl win over the Eagles, Kansas City was in the market for a veteran backup to Patrick Mahomes. Gabbert fits the bill after serving as Tom Brady's No. 2 in Tampa Bay. 33-year-old Gabbert hasn't started a game since the 2018 season with the Titans.

Apr 18, 2023 11:03 AM EST

Will operate as backup Sunday

Head coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Gabbert will be the next man up if Brady comes out of Sunday's matchup against Atlanta early, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay is locked into the fourth seed for the NFC playoffs, so while Tom Brady will start, it's expected the veteran quarterback won't play the entire game. If that's the case, Gabbert will be the next man up, while Bowles also mentioned that Kyle Trask is likely to be active and may see action when Brady and Gabbert are taken out.

Jan 4, 2023 11:12 AM EST

Wraps up solid preseason

Gabbert completed five of seven attempts for 46 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday night.

Analysis: Gabbert was the second quarterback in with Tom Brady making his preseason debut, and the veteran backup was able to helm a nine-play, 81-yard scoring march that culminated in a Ke'Shawn Vaughn one-yard touchdown run. Gabbert saw action in all three exhibitions and was efficient in each, and he'll open the season in the familiar and typically low-volume role of backing up the highly durable Brady.

Aug 28, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Back with Bucs

The Buccaneers have re-signed Gabbert.

Analysis: By bringing back Gabbert, who spent the past two seasons as Tom Brady's primary backup, the Bucs have retained all four quarterbacks they carried either on their active roster or practice squad last year. Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, it remains to be seen if Gabbert maintains his depth chart standing, however, with 2021 second-rounder Kyle Trask a candidate to push him for the team's No. 2 signal-caller role.

Apr 6, 2022 2:06 PM EST

Praised by Arians following start

Gabbert started Saturday night's 34-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night and went 3-for-6 for 33 yards. He also fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Despite the unremarkable numbers and the near turnover, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports Arians has been very pleased with the projected No. 2 quarterback's recent work. "I think Blaine has been really, really good," said Arians. "He had great practices against [the Titans]. If we catch the ball for him, he's going to take us right down the field and score again. So I've got all the confidence in the world." Gabbert saw action in four games last season and went 9-for-16 for 143 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and he appears set to beat out Ryan Griffin for the top backup job for the second consecutive season.

Aug 23, 2021 6:23 PM EST

Will start vs. Titans

Gabbert will start Saturday's preseason contest against the Titans, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Gabbert entered last weekend's exhibition matchup against the Bengals after Tom Brady handled a single series, but the journeyman veteran will officially get the start Saturday. After Gabbert, who looks set to reprise his role as Brady's primary backup during the regular season, Ryan Griffin and rookie Kyle Trask also stand to see some action.

Aug 19, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Back as Brady's backup

Gabbert re-signed with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers continue their efforts to maintain an unchanging roster, bringing back Gabbert for another season as the No. 2 option behind Tom Brady. The 31-year-old's only action last season came in a Week 16 thrashing of the Lions, in the second half of which Brady went to the bench. Unless things take an unexpected turn for the defending Super Bowl champs during the 2021 campaign, Gabbert will once again be primed to only see limited action.

May 5, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Limited action behind Brady

Gabbert completed nine of 16 passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions across four games during the 2020 regular season. He also rushed nine times for 16 yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Almost all of Gabbert's action came in a Week 16 evisceration of the Lions, when Tom Brady took an early seat and the veteran backup threw for 143 yards and a pair of scores in the second half. Gabbert otherwise only attempted one other pass all season, in Week 6 against the Packers. The 31-year-old played 2020 on a one-year pact, but given his command of coach Bruce Arians' system and the reasonable salary he'd command, it's likely Gabbert returns to the Buccaneers fold in 2021.

Feb 9, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Sharp in backup duty

Gabbert entered the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday to start the second half and completed nine of 15 attempts for 143 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 15 yards.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller was afforded a rare opportunity for extended action due to the blowout nature of the victory and he looked to be in full command of an offensive system he knows very well. Gabbert got valuable work in with the first-team pass-catching corps as well, connecting with Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans for touchdown passes of 25 and 22 yards, respectively. Gabbert could certainly see additional game action in Week 7 against the Saints, considering the Buccaneers clinched their playoff spot with Saturday's win.

Dec 27, 2020 5:49 PM EST

No. 2 quarterback behind Tom Brady

Gabbert is not among Tampa Bay's inactive players for Sunday's matchup against the Panthers, per the Buccaneers' official Twitter account.

Analysis: With Ryan Griffin among the Buccaneers' list of inactives for Week 2, Gabbert is expected to serve as the emergency option at quarterback. The No. 10 overall draft choice from 2011 will be thrust into game action should Tom Brady suffer an injury.

Sep 20, 2020 9:16 AM EST

Sharp in Wednesday's practice

Gabbert served as the first-team quarterback in Wednesday's practice with Tom Brady getting a veteran's day off, putting together a productive session while connecting with a wide array of pass-catchers, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Among the veterans, Gabbert and fellow signal-caller Ryan Griffin are arguably in contention for most anonymous/forgotten skill players on the Buccaneers roster, considering who they're battling to back up. However, Gabbert had a prime opportunity to make his case for the job Wednesday in Brady's absence, and the 30-year-old took advantage by connecting with the likes of Scotty Miller, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, Justin Watson and LeSean McCoy during the session. Gabbert was slated to serve as Jameis Winston's primary backup last season before suffering a preseason shoulder injury that knocked him out for the season, and the battle between he and Griffin to serve as Brady's No. 2 could come down to the wire this summer.

Aug 27, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Slated to back up Brady

The Buccaneers have signed Gabbert to a one-year deal, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Gabbert, who landed on IR last September due to a shoulder injury, is back with the Bucs, presumably healthy and now in line to work behind new QB Tom Brady. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft last saw regular-season action in 2018, appearing in eight games (including three starts) with the Titans.

Apr 2, 2020 11:09 AM EST

No return this season

Gabbert (shoulder) will not return from injured reserve this season, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: The confirmation regarding the backup quarterback came directly from coach Bruce Arians on Friday. Gabbert originally suffered the injury during preseason, although he wasn't placed on injured reserve until Sept. 24. Gabbert's confirmed absence the rest of the way gives the embattled Jameis Winston one less reason to look over his shoulder if his up-and-down play continues, considering the veteran signal-caller could have been a viable alternative for Arians due to his experience in the coach's offensive system.

Nov 16, 2019 12:48 PM EST

Placed on IR

The Buccaneers placed Gabbert (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gabbert has been unable to even practice the past month due to a shoulder injury, and will have to sit out a minimum of eight weeks following his placement on IR. With the veteran on the shelf, Ryan Griffin will continue to operate as the team's backup for starter Jameis Winston.

Sep 24, 2019 5:31 PM EST

Will not play vs. Giants

Gabbert (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Gabbert has been unable to practice nearly a month while he works through a shoulder injury. He should continue to be considered week-to-week, and Ryan Griffin will continue serving as the team's backup quarterback in his absence.

Sep 20, 2019 11:22 AM EST

Absent from practice

Gabbert (shoulder) is not practicing Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gabbert is trending towards missing a third consecutive regular-season game, given that he hasn't participated in practice since suffering a dislocated shoulder Aug. 23. As long as Gabbert is unable to go, Ryan Griffin will serve as the backup to No. 1 quarterback Jameis Winston.

Sep 19, 2019 8:36 AM EST

Still not practicing

Gabbert (shoulder) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Gabbert hasn't practiced since dislocating his shoulder Aug. 23. He still has time to get on the field at least in a limited capacity by Friday, but he's trending toward being out for Week 3's game versus the Giants. Ryan Griffin will continue being Jameis Winston's backup for the extent of Gabbert's injury.

Sep 17, 2019 11:03 AM EST

Ruled out Week 2

Gabbert (shoulder) will not play in Thursday's Week 2 tilt against the Panthers, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Gabbert did not practice during the short week, which already presented even more of a challenge for the veteran in achieving active status for the first time on the young season. Ryan Griffin will serve as Jameis Winston's backup once again against Carolina, while Gabbert will now have some extra time to prepare for a Week 3 matchup versus the Giants.

Sep 11, 2019 9:52 PM EST

No practice Tuesday

Gabbert (shoulder) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: This is the second straight day Gabbert has missed practice, and it's becoming increasingly unlikely he plays in Thursday's game versus the Panthers. Ryan Griffin will back up Jameis Winston if Gabbert can't go.

Sep 10, 2019 1:01 PM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Gabbert (shoulder) is not expected to play during Sunday's regular-season opener against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Gabbert is set for the top backup role in Tampa Bay when fully healthy, though a timetable for his recovery remains undisclosed. Ryan Griffin will reinforce No. 1 quarterback Jameis Winston as long as Gabbert remains sidelined.

Sep 6, 2019 9:30 AM EST

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