JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have their third starting quarterback in 15 days. They believe this one could be the guy for 15 years.
Coach Jack Del Rio named Blaine Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the New York Jets. The move comes a little more than a week after Del Rio released veteran starter David Garrard following a poor preseason and a three-interception practice.
Gabbert will make his first start Sunday at Carolina.
"He's a big, strong kid who's really been kind of a star quarterback his whole life," Del Rio said. "We think he has a chance to be a franchise-type quarterback. He's getting a chance now to be our starting quarterback and become that guy."
The transition was inevitable since the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick in April's draft. Del Rio had hoped to take it slow with the former Missouri standout, even planning to give him a year to watch and learn behind Garrard. But Garrard struggled in the preseason and was outplayed by McCown, a career backup.
Del Rio named McCown the starter five days before the season opener. McCown did enough to win the opener against Tennessee, but his ninth start in eight seasons was a debacle. He was picked off four times, could have thrown a couple more and was sacked for a safety -- all in just three quarters
McCown wanted a chance to redeem himself, but understood the decision.
"Who's to say what one deserves," McCown said. "It would do me or this team zero good to sit and say I deserve another chance. I didn't perform last week and that's just the blunt fact of it. I didn't play well enough to give our team a chance to win. I'm big enough to stand up here and say that."
Around the league
*The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. Two days after there was speculation the Giants' Deon Grant faked an injury against the Rams during Monday night's game, several players admitted it is an accepted practice. "It's always been in the game," Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed said. "It's all tactical stuff you need to use. Whatever it takes. If you're tired, you're tired. You get a break however you can."
*Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took a small step toward returning from a concussion. Vick took part in a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, but didn't practice in the afternoon. There is a chance he will play against the Giants (1-1) on Sunday.
*49ers wide receiver Braylon Edwards underwent a surgical procedure on his injured right knee and will be out for a while, though coach Jim Harbaugh refused to predict a timetable for Edwards' return.