Gabbert, 49ers offense strive for better consistency

Gabbert, 49ers offense strive for better consistency
August 7, 2014, 8:30 pm



A couple of balls slipped out of his hand. There was a read and a throw that he would like to have back. And the interception.
Jim Harbaugh

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BALTIMORE –- Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, whom the 49ers acquired in an offseason trade, got off to a rocky start in his first appearance.

Gabbert completed just 3-of-11 passes for 20 yards and an interception on a badly underthrown pass in the second quarter in the 49ers' 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday to kick off the exhibition season. His passer rating was an unsightly 1.7.

“The biggest thing is we were inconsistent,” Gabbert said. “We turned the ball over. We made some mistakes that are easily correctable. We’ll learn from that and correct those.”

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Gabbert tried to find tight end Derek Carrier down the field but Baltimore cornerback Asa Jackson intercepted the throw.

“It was just a forced ball,” Gabbert said. “I’ve got to check down on that. You can’t turn the ball over on the plus side of the 50 like that. It’s just a drive killer.”

Gabbert struggled in three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars after he was selected with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2011 draft. The 49ers acquired him in a trade for a sixth-round draft to serve as Colin Kaepernick's backup. Gabbert is seemingly assured the No. 2 job due to his guaranteed $2 million salary.

Neither Gabbert nor coach Jim Harbaugh appeared too concerned with the showing on Thursday.

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“A couple of balls slipped out of his hand,” Harbaugh said. “There was a read and a throw that he would like to have back. And the interception. He did a good job of running the team. He did a good job of getting us in and out of the huddle.”

Meanwhile, veteran Josh Johnson might have something to say about the backup job. He had a good showing with 6-of-8 passing for 63 yards.

"I think with our team, there are a few spots that are up for grabs in the backup and depth areas," Harbaugh said. "The guys that come along the fastest will win those jobs. I think that you can say that about quite a few positions."