|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 234 lb.|
|Born:||October 15, 1989|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 1 (10)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gabbert (shoulder) will not return from injured reserve this season, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gabbert (shoulder) is not practicing Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Gabbert is managing a shoulder injury and has now missed two consecutive practices. The veteran quarterback projects to serve as the top backup to Jameis Winston when healthy, though Ryan Griffin will carry that responsibility until Gabbert fully recovers.
Gabbert (shoulder) missed Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Gabbert initially wasn't expected to be ready for the season opener versus the 49ers, so his absence from practice early in the week is in line with that claim. Still, the team expects him to back up Jameis Winston for a better part of the season, but Ryan Griffin will take over that role until Gabbert's ready.
General manager Jason Licht describes Gabbert (shoulder) as "iffy" for Week 1 but expects him to be ready to return very early into the season, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Licht went on to praise Gabbert's toughness and seems to have full confidence the veteran quarterback will be ready to serve as the primary backup to Jameis Winston in relatively short order. The fact Gabbert's shoulder dislocation is on his non-throwing arm certainly helps matters, but the fact the team's general manager is seemingly guaranteeing a roster spot for Gabbert is interesting considering how well fellow quarterback Ryan Griffin played this preseason.
Gabbert suffered a dislocated shoulder during Friday's preseason game against Cleveland, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's unclear at this time whether Gabbert will require surgery, but he's likely headed for further testing. He was in line to open the 2019 campaign as the backup quarterback behind Jameis Winston.
Gabbert suffered an injury to his shoulder in Thursday's preseason contest against the Browns, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Gabbert knew something was wrong immediately, as indicated by the fact that he called the medical trainers over right away. Apart from the 29-year-old's reaction, it's unclear how serious the injury is or how long Gabbert will need to be sidelined, if at all. The injury could lead the way for third-stringer Ryan Griffin to build off an impressive preseason, including Tampa Bay's victory against the Dolphins last week in which he completed 14 passes for 201 yards as well as a touchdown and set up Matt Gay's game-winning 48-yard field goal.
Gabbert completed five of 12 passes for 42 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed once for six yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
Analysis: Gabbert checked in on the second series of the game and quickly saw the possession short-circuited by an Andre Ellington fumble. However, the veteran couldn't help the Buccaneers get anything going over the next two drives either before finally managing a choppy 11-play, 36-yard march later in the second quarter that culminated in a field goal. Of additional concern for Gabbert's job prospects is the fact that fellow backup Ryan Griffin put together an appreciably better stat line for the second time in as many preseason games. With only two exhibitions remaining, the veteran is fighting for his roster spot despite his prior experience in coach Bruce Arians' offense.
Gabbert completed six of eight passes for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.
Analysis: Gabbert played only the third series of the game, but he helmed a 13-play, 73-yard march that ended with the Buccaneers giving up the ball on downs at the Steelers' 17-yard line. The veteran then ceded the rest of the game to his competition for the No. 2 job to Ryan Griffin, who was impressive while passing for 330 yards and a touchdown. The battle for the No. 2 job behind Jameis Winston could well come down to the wire, and there's a likelihood Gabbert perhaps logs multiple series in next Friday's second preseason contest versus the Dolphins.
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