QB David Garrard, New York Jets
HT: 6-1, WT: 237, Born: 2-14-1978, College: East Carolina, Drafted: Round 4
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The last time David Garrard took a snap was Week 16 of the 2010 NFL season. Let that sink in for a minute to understand how desperate the Jets must be. While Garrard threw for 299 yards in that game, it was the second highest total of the season. He then was out for two years with knee and back surgeries. All that being said, Garrard will get a shot to win the job though it's likely to be an uphill battle with a quarterback in Sanchez who the franchise fought benching despite awful play and a second round rookie. Garrard is a steady player—he's not exciting but more often than not he avoids losing games, even if he isn't going to put a team on his back to win one. If Sanchez isn't the starter, Garrard might be a smart choice for a Jets team in transition, if they want to give Geno Smith a year to get settled in. How likely that is really is tough to say though.
Latest NewsNFL | David Garrard struggled with longer passes (Sun May 19, 01:28 PM) - Retired QB David Garrard (knee) was struggling with deeper passes during New York Jets offseason workouts this offseason because his knee prevented him to drive the ball. Garrard did well on his shorter routes during the workouts. He did miss some workouts earlier this offseason because of the injury. link to story Jets | David Garrard could return as coach (Thu May 16, 03:57 PM) - Retired QB David Garrard said the New York Jets offered him the chance to attend their training camp as a coaching intern. Garrard said he will have to talk with his wife before deciding to accept the offer. Our View: Now that Garrard is done playing football he'll have to consider what he wants to do with his life. Several former players have turned to the coaching ranks once their playing days are over.
link to story Jets | David Garrard says team will have open QB competition (Thu May 16, 02:32 PM) - Retired QB David Garrard said the New York Jets coaches told him they would have an open competition for the starting quarterback job during the offseason and that no player will be promised the starting job. Our View: This is Mark Sanchez's job to lose but many expect rookie Geno Smith to win the job before the start of the regular season. Smith is a better athlete, has more confidence, and is an extremely intelligent player. He gives defenses more to worry about than Sanchez does.
link to story Jets | Mark Sanchez should have edge on starting job (Wed May 15, 05:11 PM) - New York Jets starting QB Mark Sanchez should have an edge on the starting quarterback job over QB Geno Smith after the news of QB David Garrard possibly retiring today, according to former head coach Herm Edwards. 'This is now Mark Sanchez's job to lose,' Edwards said. Our View: Sanchez may have the edge because of his experience. Smith has better confidence than Sanchez and will be fueled by the fact that he fell to the second-round of the 2013 NFL draft. Anything can happen, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Smith win the starting job.
link to story Jets | Appears David Garrard is retiring (Wed May 15, 04:22 PM) - It appears that New York Jets QB David Garrard (knee) is preparing to retire as he continues to have knee issues. 'Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do,' Garrard said. Our View: The QB position in New York is going to come down to Mark Sanchez versus second-round pick Geno Smith. Anything can happen in training camp, but Smith should be able to make a strong case for himself as the starter.
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