Blaine Gabbert keeps away Kaepernick comps with impressive Cardinals debut

Third-and-12 might seem meaningless in a preseason game, but you still make the play.

The Cardinals’ Blaine Gabbert faced that situation on the second drive of the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday. Arizona’s third-string quarterback zipped a pass on a crossing route to tight Troy Niklas for a 20-yard gain and another first down.

“He’s got a lot of great attributes, and one of the best, I think, is his first name,” Kraft joked “Secondly, as Coach and I have described, he was a great player for us for nearly a decade. But, equally important to me, he was a great ambassador in our community and always represented us in a very classy way and always was available to do whatever our people asked him, interacting with fans of all ages.

“But one attribute stands out above all the others. I think he’s probably had the greatest beard in franchise history. In a region that truly likes and respects playoff beards, he possessed one of the best — sorry to all the others here — that [Boston] has ever seen. His beard put most of those hockey playoff beards to shame. He had a kind of a Yukon Cornelius look going.”

Ninkovich played in 131 NFL games with 101 starts and recorded 425 total tackles, 46 sacks, five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, with NFL Jerseys China 22 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and 28 NHL Cheap Jerseys special teams tackles. He also played in 17 postseason games with 16 starts and finished with 64 total tackles, six sacks, one interception, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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