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Week 1 vs. IND
Passing: 14 - 28, 122 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 14 / 0
Some of the blame for Garrard's poor day belongs at the feet of his rookie duo of offensive tackles, and some belongs to the receivers, but some has to be owned by Garrard himself. He didn't seem willing to test defense deep very often when he did have time, settling for short passes. Garrard was harassed a lot early and late in the game, and he also suffered a few key drops by receivers. He did escape a few times against steep odds, including one snap that should have been a safety, but Garrard was settling instead of attacking and playing his typical game manager style.
Week 2 vs. ARI
Passing: 23 - 43, 282 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 27 / 0
Garrard's fantasy owners should be very pleased that he is such a game competitor. He was victimized by a blocked FG return for TD and bad defense that put him in a 28-point hold in the second half, but Garrard kept pulling his Houdini act in the pocket and taking big shots downfield. Early on, he had a good pocket, and made good throws to move the offense, but as the game went on, he tried to turn every snap into a big play, and suffered for it. Garrard fumbled twice when he didn't feel pressure, even though he always escaped it when he did. The offense isn't really running smoothly, and Garrard is partially to blame, as he doesn't seem patient or precise in his execution the offense. He did well as a runner when the play broke down, but Garrard also took a lot of big hits, and you have to wonder how long he will hold up. Most of stats came against a prevent defense, so don't get too excited, but know that he should have had one more TD pass if Nate Hughes hadn't done his Troy Williamson impression at the end of the game.
Week 3 vs. HOU
Passing: 18 - 30, 214 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 29 / 1
David Garrard had another efficient day as the Jaguars quarterback throwing for 214 yards on 18 of 30 passing. Garrard added 29 yards on 5 carries as well as a rushing touchdown. Garrard was held in check on deep passes by the Texans secondary. He had three completions of over 18 yards but the majority of his completed throws were under 10 yards.
Week 4 vs. TEN
Passing: 27 - 37, 323 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 8 / 38 / 0
Garrard had quite possibly the best passing day of his career against a depleted Titans secondary, despite having two backup offensive tackles in (albeit experienced tackles who know how to get the job done). Garrard was calm in the pocket, deliberately going through his progressions and throwing with great zip and downfield accuracy. He was throwing into small windows with impunity, and he was never tempted to pull the ball down and run except as a last resort. The Jags came out in the shotgun, and they started the second half by passing a lot, even though they had a huge lead, so the offensive coaching staff seems willing to put the game in Garrard's hands, and they will be doing it again after Garrard's terrific game. The only nitpick you could make was a sack he took at the end of the first half that made a FG attempt a lot tougher.
Week 5 vs. SEA
Passing: 18 - 31, 188 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Garrard actually looked good at the start of this game. He was taking chances, throwing downfield with accuracy. He hooked up with Torry Holt for a few first downs, and it appeared that the surprise absence of top receiver Mike Sims-Walker wasn't going to hurt too much after all. When it became apparent that Holt was the only real threat the Jags had -- and when the Seahawks had no trouble handling the ground game -- it became a very long day for Garrard, indeed. The Seahawks defense pressured him all day, resulting in five sacks and two lost fumbles - one of which was returned for a TD, while the other gave the Seahawks the ball at the 30, setting up an easy score. He tried to get the ball to players other than Holt, but with very little success.
Week 6 vs. STL
Passing: 30 - 43, 335 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 4 / 31 / 0
Garrard racked up the passing yardage, but he left a better performance on the field. His offensive line gave him tons of time to throw, and Garrard was on point when the initial read would come open, but when it didn't, he was indecisive and even took a few sacks he could have avoided. Garrard had at least two passes that should have been interceptions, and he did throw two INTs - one on a tipped ball at the line in the red zone, and a lazy dump-off to Greg Jones that Leonard Little turned into a pick six. Garrard did get a handful of first downs as a runner, and executed very well within the offense in overtime to seal the win.
Week 8 vs. TEN
Passing: 14 - 27, 139 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 3 / 22 / 0
David Garrard was supposed to tear apart a ravaged Tennessee Titans defense in a great Week 8 matchup, but apparently the Titans had other plans. Garrard was under constant pressure in the pocket, and when he was able to buy some time his receivers could not get open. Tennessee had some starters coming back from injury and with a well-rested squad ready to go after the bye the Titans rose to the challenge. Garrard left the game for the final two minutes as the Jaguars did not want to risk him to injury behind a shaky offensive line. Garrard will be back under center next week but even in what appears to be another good matchup on paper (at Kansas City) it remains to be seen after this lackluster performance.
Week 9 vs. KC
Passing: 18 - 27, 264 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 9 / 29 / 0
Garrard played nearly flawless football to lead the Jags to a win that wasn't nearly as close as the final score. He pulled a Houdini to escape one sure sack, and he avoided pressure on multiple plays, leading to the throwaways that made up most of his incompletions. When he wasn't throwing the ball away, Garrard was very accurate, whether on the move or in the pocket, and he was spotting open receivers downfield with regularity. Most of his stats came on two busted coverage throws to Mike Sims-Walker, but he wasn't asked to do too much, as the Jags led for most of the game. The offensive line mostly did a good job of giving Garrard time to throw, and he took advantage of it. He continues to be a much better play at home, even though the Jags barely draw a crowd for their games.
Week 10 vs. NYJ
Passing: 16 - 26, 221 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 6 / 11 / 1
Garrard torched the Jets in the middle of the field as the Jags had eight plays of 10+ yards in the first half alone. He seemed to know when to scramble out of the pocket to buy time for his receivers to get open. On the few occasions when they weren't able to shake defenders, Garrard escaped would be tacklers, picking up yardage with his legs to keep the chains moving. He orchestrated a gorgeous eleven play TD drive, capped off with an eleven yard Garrard TD run set up by a fantastic blitz pickup by Maurice Jones-Drew. He also had a nice 26 yard TD toss to Mike Sims-Walker five minutes before the end of the half. After taking a sizable lead into the locker room, the Jaguars offense seemed a bit lethargic in the 2nd half, missing on opportunities created by Jets' turnovers. After having a Sanchez interception returned to the Jets 5 yard line, the Jags fumbled on the goal line, which seemed to put some wind in the sails of the Jets defense, which in turn, shut down Garrard until the game's final drive. But when push came to shove, Garrard and the Jags offense came alive to march down the field and score the game winning FG. Much to fantasy owners chagrin, Garrard took a knee at the goal line to set up the winning FG with time expiring. Garrard spread the ball around hitting eight different receivers and for the first time this season, looked confident and comfortable in an opponent's stadium.
Week 11 vs. BUF
Passing: 21 - 30, 215 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 6 / 16 / 0
Another underwhelming statistical performance for Garrard, but also another one where he did just enough to win. Garrard was throwing the ball on time and on target for most of the game, and pulling his usual Houdini act in the pocket to avoid sure sacks. He also picked up two critical third downs with his legs and converted the two-point play on a QB draw to give the Jags a three-point lead at the end of the game. His interception came on a tipped ball, and he also fumbled in the red zone trying to create as a runner, but his precise throws on the game-winning drive more than made up for Garrard's mistakes. Garrard moved the team into the red zone on his own, and when MJD couldn't convert with two shots from inside the five, the QB found Mike Sims-Walker for the game-winning TD. His play and his fantasy numbers won't blow anyone away, but Garrard just gets the job done.
Week 12 vs. SF
Passing: 25 - 36, 307 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 10 / 0
Garrard was patient and made a lot of accurate throws, but a porous offensive line and two red zone fumbles were too much to overcome. The main problem was that the Jags allowed too many sacks. Late in the game, even a 3-man defensive front got to him somehow. Garrard is a very good runner, and at times, committed very early to running the ball. His 300 yard game was spread out to eight receivers, none of whom had 62 individual receiving yards. He was unable to find his top receivers when he wanted to, which also stalled some drives.
Week 13 vs. HOU
Passing: 15 - 28, 238 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 8 / 13 / 0
Garrard had a solid day against the Texans, effectively using play-action and pump-fakes to toy with the Texans defense and create long drives. Garrard's best pass came early in the game when he hooked up with rookie Nate Hughes for a 35 yard touchdown. Garrard used a pump-fake to draw the safety back, allowing Hughes to get behind the defense and haul in a perfectly placed pass 8 yards deep in the endzone. Garrard also worked the center of the field effectively, finding his receivers in stride on crossing routes for big gains. Garrard did not scramble as much against the Texans as he normally does, owing to the fact that Houston was keying in on the run. Garrard used that strategy to his advantage though with lots of play-action and plenty of completions to single-covered receivers. His only real error of the day was on a safety in the second half that appeared to be a combination of a botched play and Garrard slipping in the endzone.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Passing: 11 - 26, 139 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 6 / 26 / 0
Garrard struggled to find a rhythm against a Miami front seven that regularly collapsed the pocket and secondary that forced him to pull the ball down and run when his protection did hold up. Garrard completed only eleven passes for a well under 50% completion rate. Though he was able to connect with Torry Holt on a deep ball after the Miami secondary bit on Holt's double move, most of Garrard's completions came on short passes over the middle to his tight ends and backs for short gains. When Garrard did look downfield, his receivers had trouble getting out of their breaks on the soft field or he overthrew them with floating passes. Rather than throw balls away to avoid sacks, Garrard often elected to run and was effective breaking tackles for positive gains.
Week 15 vs. IND
Passing: 23 - 40, 223 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 6 / 0
David Garrard tried his best in Week 15 to keep up with Peyton Manning, and for most of the game he was successful. Garrard marched Jacksonville to scoring drives on their first three possessions as he completed 12 of 16 passes before halftime. Garrard continued his strong performance with two more touchdown passes to Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas in the third quarter, but Garrard could not keep up that pace in the final quarter. He showed great command of the pocket and was able to hit his targets with good accuracy until the final quarter where he was struggling to move the offense and ended the game with an interception.
Week 16 vs. NE
Passing: 19 - 25, 185 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 4 / 10 / 1
Garrard struggled mightily in this game, throwing two picks and a meager 185 yards passing in a game where the Jacksonville offense played from behind the entire contest. With Maurice Jones-Drew being bottled up the entirety of the game, Garrard, often pressured, was ineffective as a throng of defenders found the ball wherever he went with it. His first INT came at the end of the first quarter when he tried to push the ball downfield, overthrowing his intended target, which resulted in a 57-yard return by Meriweather. Garrard's second interception came in the red zone on the Jags opening drive of the second half when he tried to force it to Simms-Walker. Despite his abysmal day passing the ball, he did have a rushing TD to bail out his fantasy owners today. As the Jags head into next season, things aren't as bleak as they appeared today. Garrard does have some very talented young weapons on the outside in Mike Thomas and Mike Simms-Walker and they will look to build around their young playmakers.
Week 17 vs. CLE
Passing: 22 - 39, 202 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 5 / 40 / 0
Garrard struggled with the cold and windy weather conditions early. He missed a couple of passes downfield due to inaccuracy and dropped balls, then switched to more of a check-down philosophy and showed growing confidence in and chemistry with tight end Zach Miller. As the Jaguars fell behind, Garrard took more shots downfield but his accuracy suffered. When pressured, he often looked to scramble and was usually successful. He padded his stats late in the fourth quarter on a two minute touchdown drive.