Buccaneers: Why Blaine Gabbert is more important than ever

Blaine Gabbert is more important than ever with the Buccaneers

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed QB Tom Brady to a two-year, $50 million deal earlier in the offseason, the entire nation was in a state of shock.

The Buccaneers, who have missed 12-straight playoffs, went from ‘lovable losers’ to ‘hated competitors’ in the eyes of the majority of fans from around the country.

While all the emphasis has been placed on how Tom Brady will perform with the Buccaneers and what he can do at the age of 43, the truth of the matter is that there’s an extremely important piece of the puzzle sitting right behind him on the depth chart: Blaine Gabbert.

The Buccaneers will rely on Gabbert, especially this offseason

While Blaine Gabbert may not see the field in the vast majority of the games this season, he plays an extremely important role with the Buccaneers.

Quarterback have typically had a slow learning curve when it comes to developing in Bruce Arians’ offense and what Gabbert can do is speed up the learning process for Tom Brady.

Gabbert has been attending some of the private workout sessions that the Buccaneers have had and he’s stepping into an intricate role. He’s gone through the Arians offense and he knows what to expect. As a result, he’s able to talk Brady through the reads, the concepts and make things much more efficient for the organization.

While that will simply be overlooked by the majority of Buccaneers fans this season, we really shouldn’t forget the role that Gabbert is playing this season.

Will he see the field? Not unless there’s a blowout or an injury, but that still doesn’t mean that he’s not contributing in a big way for Tampa Bay this season. Brady is relying on him and trusts him, and that says a lot.