But while Newton has taken a beating for his "icon" comments earlier this week, Gabbert wasn't yielding much ground when asked about the pecking order of passers in this draft.
"I think that's what you guys are making it out to be, kind of me vs. Cam," Gabbert said with a grin.
At the same time, there was an undercurrent of confidence to everything Gabbert said.
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Asked to compare himself to Newton, and you could almost sense a bit of a challenge at the end of a heavily scripted answer.
"Cam's an explosive athlete," Gabbert said. "You've seen what he has done at the college level. He's won a JUCO national championship, won the national championship at Division I level.
"He's been extremely successful, so he has all the talent in the world but we're going to compete and fight it out and may the best man win."
-- Darin Gantt