Harbaugh feels good about Gabbert as 49ers backup QB

Harbaugh feels good about Gabbert as 49ers backup QB
August 15, 2014, 2:45 pm



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Blaine Gabbert has never completed more than 59 percent of his passes in a season. (USATSI)

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SANTA CLARA -– Coach Jim Harbaugh said he is pleased with what he has seen from presumptive No. 2 quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the course of the offseason and training camp.

“Nothing’s set in stone, but (I'm) very pleased with the job Blaine Gabbert is doing,” Harbaugh said Friday when asked about the backup quarterback competition.

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Gabbert got off to a rough start in the exhibition opener last week against the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 3-of-11 passes for 20 yards and one interception.

His passer rating was 1.7.

However, Harbaugh is clearly not judging Gabbert solely by those numbers.

“He had a couple very good throws,” Harbaugh said. “He missed a couple, as we said right after he game. It was a good first step, and he’s continuing to compete well. I thought he did in the game and continued to do that in the process of the preseason and training camp. (I) feel good about the way he’s coming along.”

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Gabbert is the prohibitive favorite to enter the season as Colin Kaepernick's backup. The 49ers acquired him for a sixth-round draft pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and are set to pay him a guaranteed $2 million salary this season.

Harbaugh said the 49ers plan to keep the same quarterback order for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.