April 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert talks to reporters about their first round draft pick Justin Blackmon prior to the start of a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Jaguars Quarterback Controversy: Is There One?

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said there is no quarterback competition and that Blaine Gabbert is the team's starter, but there are still some who believe free agent quarterback Chad Henne will win the job.

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Jaguars QB Controversy: Blaine Gabbert Not Treating It Like He's The Starter

The Jaguars spent a top-ten pick on Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft, and while he didn't play like that this past year, it is widely assumed that he will be the starter heading into this Season. But according to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, Gabbert is approaching this offseason as if he hasn't already been given the job. He is still going out and trying to earn his spot.

"I compete every practice," he said. "I know perfect isn’t really ever achievable, but I like to think it is. I’m plenty competitive and I get really mad at myself, just like anybody would if you expect it to be perfect. When you miss a throw, miss something easy that you know you can make, the biggest thing is you just have to bounce back."

Gabbert could be competing with Chad Henne who the Jaguars brought in as a free agent, but he wasn't that impressive when given his starting shot in Miami over the past couple of years.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.

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Blaine Gabbert Has To Be The Jaguars Starter

While there are some who think Chad Henne will win the Jaguars starting job, second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has to be the Jaguars starting quarterback to begin the 2012 NFL season.

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SI's Don Banks: Blaine Gabbert Will Lose Starting Gig By Week Three Of The Preseason

Though the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to begin training camp, the quarterback controversy has already begun. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks wrote today that former Miami Dolphins signal caller Chad Henne will take over for the Jaguars under center by week three of the preseason -- as part of his "7 strong hunches for the 2012 season." That would leave projected starter Blaine Gabbert, the team's 10th overall selection from the 2011 NFL draft, holding a clipboard.

Remember when the Jaguars were trying to decide how much they wanted to go after Tim Tebow in trade earlier this offseason, a competition they ultimately lost to the New York Jets? There were those inside the Jacksonville organization who were ambivalent about the move, believing that even with Tebow on board, Henne, the ex-Dolphins starter, would beat out both players by late August. Let's just say that sentiment hasn't changed with Henne now competing only against Gabbert.

Jacksonville head coach Mike Mularkey has, however, insisted throughout OTAs that there is no quarterback competition. Moreover, CBS Sports' football writer Pete Prisco responded via Twitter that he hasn't "heard that from anybody inside that building."

Stay tuned.

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