JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars have re-signed quarterback Todd Bouman and announced that rookie Blaine Gabbert will start in place of injured starter David Garrard in New England for the preseason opener.
Garrard is still nursing a sore back, and should be ready to go for game two next week.
This is Bouman’s
fourth or fifth seventh (Thanks KMD!)stint with the team. Last year, the Jaguars signed him off his tractor in Minnesota when Garrard went down and backup Luke McCown was injured. He was released, then re-signed several times throughout the season. It’s unlikely he’ll stick around longer than a week this time, considering that would leave the Jaguars with four quarterbacks on the roster (they kept two at most times last year).
Gabbert will be looking to improve on his scrimmage performance, in which he showed flashes of brilliance as well as penchant for rookie mistakes.
Expect to see Gabbert for at least the first quarter — possibly longer, as the club tries to get him up to speed with the offense.
Bouman played well (considering) in his single start last year, going 18 for 34 with 222 yards and two touchdowns (along with two interceptions) in a loss against Kansas City.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Aaron Kampman will not dress for Thursday’s game.