TEMPE, Ariz. -- Blaine Gabbert is who Bruce Arians thought he was.
And that will earn him another start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
Gabbert played well enough in his Arizona debut to start Sunday against his first team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arians said during his Monday afternoon press conference. Drew Stanton still is unavailable as his knee continues to recover.
“What I saw is exactly what I thought I’d see,” Arians said. “I just think it’ll get better the more he throws to Larry [Fitzgerald]. He’s someone who’s never thrown to Larry and those starting guys. So as he gets a little more timing with them, I think he’ll just get better.”
The decision to start Gabbert is, as of now, valid for one week. Then Arians will re-evaluate the quarterback situation based on Gabbert’s performance and Stanton’s health.
“We’ll stick with Blaine and watch Drew get healthy and then make a decision as we go forward,” Arians said. “But we’ll stick with the way it is right now.”
Arians then said his decision to stick with Gabbert will hold up all week, and that Stanton is healthier, but not as healthy as he was prior to the injury.
Gabbert threw for 257 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 22-of-34 passing in Arizona’s 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium. His interceptions came late in the fourth quarter as he tried to bring the Cardinals back from a deficit.
“I thought Blaine was really hitting the ball,” Arians said. “He saw the field extremely well. The ball was where it was supposed to be. Every throw wasn’t perfect. There was some pressure, but he stood in the face of it and delivered it.
“You get to the end of the game, throwing to a couple of guys that you haven’t ever thrown to before. They’re this far behind him, instead of that far in front of them just because of the lack of reps with that guy, but it was to the right guy. Those were probably on me, but he played really, really well.”
After Gabbert showed a command of the offense and pocket presence, including the ability to scramble when needed, Arians doesn’t need to find out anything else about the 28-year-old quarterback.
“I think I know,” Arians said. “I think I’ve known that all along. I don’t think I have to find out anything else.”