QB David Garrard - Free Agent
|6-1, 237||Born: 2-14-1978||College: East Carolina||Drafted: Round 4, pick 108 (2002)|
2010 Week 1 vs DEN (16 / 21 / 170 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 10 / 0 rush)
Garrard had one of the best games of his career, staying calm and collected in the pocket and putting great touch on his throws. He found Marcedes Lewis twice for touchdowns, once using Lewis's speed down the sideline, and once using Lewis's size in a mismatch in the end zone. Garrard was very accurate all day, leading his receivers, maximizing run after catch opportunities, and taking what the defense gave him as Champ Bailey shadowed #1 WR Mike Sims-Walker all day. At this rate, he might not be a lame duck QB for a much longer.
2010 Week 2 vs SD (15 / 23 / 173 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
David Garrard had, quite simply, a rough afternoon. He entered the game with the third-longest active streak of not throwing more than two interceptions in a game, but that streak was quickly ended by San Diego's defenders. And then for good measure, he added a fourth. The first was simply a tremendous athletic play by CB Antoine Cason, though the ball could have been a bit more out in front of intended receiver Tiquan Underwood and it may have been a touchdown. The second pick was also made by Cason, and it came off a deflection from a batted ball at the line. The third interception appeared to simply be a case of miscommunication, as there were no receivers really in the area of the football when it was picked. Those all came in the first half, and it was his first three interception performance in his last 48 games. Still, despite the picks and the fact that San Diego seemed to almost know what was coming, Garrard maintained his composure. Fact is, he completed 15 of 23 passes in the game - it just happened that four of the eight incompletions were caught by the other team. He made a handful of very nice passes, in particular to WR Mike Sims-Walker and TE Marcedes Lewis, but then disaster struck again. He was hit as he attempted to pass, the ball popped straight up, and was intercepted by Kevin Burnett for the fourth turnover of Garrard's afternoon. The team tied its record for most turnovers in franchise history with six before the end of the third quarter. Garrard was pulled for Luke McCown late in the game when the score was out of reach, but McCown came up hobbling after an awkward scramble. Garrard went back in for one play and threw a quick touchdown strike to Sims-Walker, at least salvaging something out of his fantasy disaster.
2010 Week 3 vs PHI (13 / 30 / 105 / 0 / 1 pass, 8 / 23 / 0 rush)
David Garrard had another poor outing with just over 100 yards passing against Philadelphia in Week 3. Normally Garrard performs much better at home than on the road, but the swarming and blitzing Eagles' defense made Garrard's day quite challenging to say the least. Garrard likely would have been replaced if a viable backup was ready, but Todd Bouman was just signed to be the backup QB after Luke McCown tore his ACL last week. Garrard will have to play far better next week at home against the Colts for him to retain the starting job for the Jaguars.
2010 Week 4 vs IND (17 / 22 / 163 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 44 / 1 rush)
Efficient is the best way to describe what Garrard did. He showed poise and leadership and all the things you need a quarterback to do when they take the field but the reality is there weren't that many jaw dropping moments. I would give a shout out to the offensive coordinator for calling a good tight game that Garrard could excel and win with. His best play of the day was probably the touchdown scramble around the right side of the field. He went 25 yards for the score but Indy had opened the game and taken the field by storm. That touchdown or answer to the Colts settled everyone down and gave the Jags confidence they could stay in the football game. Garrard managed to find open receivers and take what the defense gave him but rarely did you see him going deep with the football or the Jags dial up some wild pass down the middle of the field. He played within himself and kept his cool all the way thru the 2nd half and was able to lead his team to victory on the final drive. His best pass of the day likely was on the last drive on 1st down form his own 37 yard line with under 30 seconds left. He found Tiquan Underwood for 22 yards and set up a long FG which Josh Scobee nailed for the victory.
2010 Week 5 vs BUF (16 / 20 / 178 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Garrard may be the most inconsistent QB in the NFL, but he really shined in this game. Garrard can play really well when he gets what he needs to succeed; simple reads, a running game, play action to utilize, room to scramble and room to set up and throw. Garrard had no trouble with accuracy when he was given time to throw, and his man had even small separation. He made it look easy at times and rarely missed a throw. Things started rough for him after a bizarre tipped pass was intercepted, but he regrouped fast and was patient. Early on, Garrard leaned on the running game and play actions with simple reads. He targeted Lewis and Thomas early, delivering a perfect strike to Thomas on a post over the middle. He made other great throws look routine, like a big touchdown pass down the seam to Lewis. He showed a lot of poise and confidence converting on a 3rd and goal from the 11 over the middle to Mike Sims-Walker. Garrard curiously only began to look to Sims-Walker in the third quarter but once he did, got him heavily involved. He also used Mike Thomas routinely for first down conversions. Garrard did not make any major mistakes to lose the game, and he played one of his better games in Buffalo. His only mistake was his bizarre decision to eat a sack on a roll out, when he easily could have flipped the ball one yard out of bounds instead but we will forgive him for that.
2010 Week 6 vs TEN (7 / 12 / 49 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garrard did a good job hitting his receivers for short and medium gains but was not able to get anything downfield. He under threw Tiquan Underwood on a play action bomb that resulted in offensive pass interference. He badly missed his intended receiver on 3rd and 15 which resulted in an INT. He was under pressure for most of the first half and took a hard shot with 2 minutes left which knocked him out of the game with a concussion.
2010 Week 8 vs DAL (17 / 21 / 260 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
David Garrard doesn't even resemble the same quarterback that he was a year ago. Against the Cowboys, he showed a firm command of the Jacksonville offense and is confidently making passes to all points on the field. Garrard's recent resurgence can be linked to improved receiver play from Mike Sims-Walker, Marcedes Lewis, and Mike Thomas. Now that Garrard has some decent options to throw to, he is able to spread the offense all over the field creating quite a challenge for opposing defenses. Garrard's best pass came on a deep touchdown throw to Marcedes Lewis. On the play, Garrard lined a hard pass between two defenders as Lewis fell backwards in to the endzone, putting the Jaguars up 14-3. Garrard also scored on a two yard run off of a designed bootleg to the left. Garrard took the snap, faked the handoff to Maurice Jones-Drew, and ran in untouched as the defeated Cowboys' defense hardly made an effort to stop him. Garrard completed 80% of his passes for 12 yards per attempt in what was perhaps his finest game as a professional quarterback to date.
2010 Week 10 vs HOU (24 / 31 / 342 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 35 / 0 rush)
David Garrard put on a classic display on Sunday against the Texans secondary, carving them up time after time. Garrard delivered every kind of pass to his receivers - ins, outs, slants, posts, corner routes - and did it precision. He didn't key on any one receiver and effectively used play action to push the ball down the field. Garrard was under pressure quite a lot in this game, but still managed to hang in there and get the ball out. His performance was a strong one, but it is the consistency that has plagued this team in the past. If Garrard can keep playing like this, the Jaguars could sneak into the playoffs.
2010 Week 11 vs CLE (20 / 34 / 254 / 2 / 3 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Garrard had a few errant throws, and a few times that his patented escapability was nowhere to be found when he was under pressure, but he was not at fault for as many as the turnovers as he usually is, and he performance was better than the turnover ratio would indicate. He did miss Mike Thomas deep when he was wide open because he underthrew the ball, but overall Garrard looked very good throwing downfield. He did throw to some decently-covered receivers, which resulted in deflections and interceptions, but only one of his interceptions was because of bad decisions. Garrard was under a lot of pressure from the Browns, and he fumbled on a scramble when he didn't protect the ball very well. His TDs came on a quick slant to Mike Thomas and a nice toss to Marcedes Lewis at the goal line, up at eye level where Lewis could easily get his mitts on it. Garrard is still not 100% trustworthy week-to-week, but he didn't play as badly as his numbers looked on this day.
2010 Week 12 vs NYG (20 / 35 / 162 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 41 / 1 rush)
Interestingly enough, Garrard seemed to play much better then his stats would indicate. He began the game with a lot of short passes, most of which were caught. He also ran for a few yards when the Giants' pass rush flushed him from the pocket. Garrard and the Jags offense were able to grind out the clock using those short passes and a healthy dose of Maurice Jones-Drew. He did have one interception, though it wasn't totally Garrard's fault. On the play, Garrard threw the ball a little behind receiver Mike Sims-Walker. Sims-Walker got his hands on it but really didn't seem to put much effort into grabbing the ball. The football bounced off his hands and into the waiting arms of Giants safety Terrell Thomas. Overall, Garrard played ok, but ultimately could not lead his team back late in the game. While he has picked up his game, Garrard continues to be largely underwhelming as a quarterback.
2010 Week 13 vs TEN (14 / 19 / 126 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 19 / 1 rush)
Garrard ran a very efficient game plan to perfection in week 13 for the Jaguars and also made a few plays of his own along the way. He spent the vast majority of the game handing the ball off to the Jones-Drew and Jennings. Garrard also called his own number on a couple of short yardage plays that he was able to convert using his lower body strength and speed. His TD run was on an absolutely flawless naked bootleg after a perfect fake handoff. When he had to make a play in the air (he only had 19 attempts) he usually did, completing a plethora of short tosses to his team.
2010 Week 14 vs OAK (11 / 22 / 159 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 32 / 0 rush)
Garrard had a somewhat inefficient day throwing the football, completing only 50% of his passes. Garrard was throwing low completion % type throws most of the time however, throwing downfield to his big targets and always trying to hit the big play. Garrard was good in and out of the pocket, favouring to attack the middle and deep middle on post and seam routes with his TE Lewis and Miller. He did miss a couple of throws in this game, including one deep to a wide open Miller down the middle and wide open Thomas who deep downfield. Garrard's only turnover was not his fault however, as the pass was caught but tipped up and fell into the arms of a Raider for an easy INT. Garrard's strength is his deep ball however, as he hit WR Hill on a perfectly thrown 46 yd touchdown bomb to blow the game wide open. Garrard also ran the option with Jones Drew well and picked up decent yards on the ground. He was always looking to hit the big play down the field rather than settle for the underneath throws but he excelled in this role on Sunday.
2010 Week 15 vs IND (24 / 38 / 294 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garrard couldn't get anything going in the first half. The Colts pressured him, the Jags couldn't run the ball, and Garrard wasn't able to do anything. But it clicked in the 3rd quarter when Garrard began going downfield more and exposing a Colts defense who was selling out to stop the run. The majority of his 294 yards came in the 2nd half, and he spread the ball around to all his open receivers, focusing primarily on Marcedes Lewis. If it hadn't taken so long for the Jags to figure out that the Colts weren't going to let them run the ball, Garrard potentially could have helped the Jags to a win.
2010 Week 16 vs WAS (22 / 38 / 299 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 39 / 1 rush)
Garrard had some shining moments, like a hot knife-through-butter quick TD drive fueled by four Mike Thomas catches and a QB draw TD to tie the game and set up overtime, but his performance will be remembered for a amateurish half-hearted throw under pressure in overtime that was picked and lost the game for the Jags. Garrard was under a lot of pressure from the Redskins defense all day, but his day got off on the wrong foot after he airmailed a pass to wide open Zach Miller to set up the Redskins early 10-0 lead. Garrard did elude some of the pressure, but too often he either retreated and threw the ball away or took hits and fumbled the ball. Garrard did show good chemistry with Jason Hill again, missing a long TD when he underthrew him, but otherwise making good throws downfield when Hill broke open. While his fantasy day was strong, Garrard's actual football day was mixed at best, and one that may seal his fate if the Colts don't lose to the Titans next week (which would send the Jags to the playoffs if they can beat the Texans).
2009 Week 1 vs IND (14 / 28 / 122 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 2 vs ARI (23 / 43 / 282 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 27 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 3 vs HOU (18 / 30 / 214 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 1 rush)
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.
2009 Week 4 vs TEN (27 / 37 / 323 / 3 / 0 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 5 vs SEA (18 / 31 / 188 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 6 vs STL (30 / 43 / 335 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 8 vs TEN (14 / 27 / 139 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 9 vs KC (18 / 27 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 29 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 10 vs NYJ (16 / 26 / 221 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 11 / 1 rush)
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.
2009 Week 11 vs BUF (21 / 30 / 215 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 16 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 12 vs SF (25 / 36 / 307 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 13 vs HOU (15 / 28 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 13 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 14 vs MIA (11 / 26 / 139 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 26 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 15 vs IND (23 / 40 / 223 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 16 vs NE (19 / 25 / 185 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 10 / 1 rush)
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.
2009 Week 17 vs CLE (22 / 39 / 202 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 1 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 215 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
Garrard never got into a consistent rhythm during the game. He showed flashes of big play ability, but was unable to sustain drives despite having fairly good field position. He did show a strong arm, attempting a couple of very deep passes that were disrupted by very good defense, with one of them being intercepted. When he was able to set his feet, Garrard stood in the face of the pass rush pressure and completed some tough throws, showing good touch in addition to the arm strength. Because he was forced to try to direct a one-dimensional offense as a result of his team being unable to run successfully, he faced an aggressive Titans' pass defense that sacked him seven times, intercepted him twice and forced him to lose a fumble.
2008 Week 2 vs BUF (17 / 28 / 165 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 32 / 0 rush)
With a banged up offensive line and a depleted receiving corpse Garrard tried to win the game by himself. He faced a fierce pass rush all game and was sacked twice but often scrambled away from would be tacklers and gained 32 yards on the ground. He failed to throw a touchdown pass, threw a bad pass that was picked off in the end zone, and posted a QB rating of 62.4. The offensive line is going to be a patchwork unit all season, but when Jerry Porter recovers from his hamstring injury and Troy Williamson returns the Jaguars should be able to stretch the field.
2008 Week 3 vs IND (16 / 22 / 167 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garrard did a very good job of getting first downs when he had to with the passing game. He was very accurate on his throws, which were mostly of the short variety. Garrard relied on his running game, and usually only had to throw short passes in order to gain a first down and keep the chains moving. He remained in the pocket most of the time, and only scrambled for yards twice. Apart from his interception when he forced the ball into double coverage while escaping the pocket, he was safe and accurate but did not have many opportunities to make big plays in the passing game.
2008 Week 4 vs HOU (23 / 32 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 41 / 1 rush)
Garrard was impressive in taking command of the offense with both pinpoint passing in the short game and timely running both to escape pressure and on designed running plays. He spread the ball around to whoever was open, and made good decisions in terms of who to pass to and when to scramble. Garrard would have posted even better numbers but several of his passes were dropped, most notably by Marcedes Lewis who dropped four passes. Undaunted, Garrard continued to look for ways to put his team in position to score, and had excellent all-around numbers both rushing and passing.
2008 Week 5 vs PIT (18 / 32 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Garrard connected on two third and long completions to extend the first drive. A deep ball to Matt Jones garnered a pass interference call and set up the first TD score. After that however, the Steelers' pass rush and good open field tackling limited the Jaguars' offense in the first half to just 50 total yards in the first half with the offense running just 17 plays. Garrard came out throwing after halftime, spreading the ball around, but a big holding penalty stopped the first drive and a deflected pass on fourth down ended the next one. Despite getting out gained over two to one at one point, a 24 yard TD pass play found TE Marcedes Lewis and gave the Jaguars a brief 21-20 lead. The final drive ended with a pass batted down at the line. Garrard looked to take off and run just a few times, his longest was about eight yards.
2008 Week 6 vs DEN (25 / 34 / 276 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 7 / 0 rush)
Despite losing a fumble, Garrard did everything the Jaguars asked of him, throwing for 276 yards and a touchdown. Garrard showed a good arm, completing a 70 yard pass that would have taken the team down to the one yard line, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Garrard's lone touchdown came in the third quarter when he found his tight end Mercedes Lewis wide open for a 30 yard touchdown.
2008 Week 8 vs CLE (25 / 42 / 283 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 59 / 0 rush)
Garrard started slowly, missing some open receivers, but settled down and posted strong overall numbers. He showed soft touches on shorter plays when the route necessitated that type of throw, and also a strong arm to get the ball downfield quickly. Garrard was forced to exhibit his running prowess several times due to Cleveland's pass rush, and he did so in exemplary manner, making defenders miss and running with speed to get by defenders at times. He was in sync mostly with Matt Jones, and targeted him 11 times in the second half alone, as they tried to rally from being down two scores. He did not force too many throws to Jones, and although he clearly favored him, did not lock onto him immediately. Garrard constantly kept surveying the field looking for the best passing option before invariably coming back to Jones.
2008 Week 9 vs CIN (23 / 38 / 229 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)
Garrard was under duress throughout the game and could not get into a consistent rhythm passing the ball as a result. He made some good plays in getting the ball to his playmakers, but they were few and far between. Garrard tried to be aggressive and make plays with his arm, but misfired on most of those attempts. Ten of the fifteen intermediate and deep passes he attempted were incomplete as a result of him missing his receivers, either overthrowing them or throwing the ball where the defensive backs were able to deflect the ball. When given time to throw, he proved accurate, but Garrard was forced to rush most of his passes in this game. When he tried to elude the pass rush and run for yards, he was forced toward the middle of the field where reinforcements limited his yards rushing.
2008 Week 10 vs DET (18 / 25 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
QB David Garrard had a very mediocre first half stats-wise but lit up the Lions with two second half touchdown passes. He was afforded the opportunity to rest after the team went up 38-7 in the second half. Garrard stayed in the pocket and managed to let off a few completed passes under pressure. He even had a defender grabbing him as he hit WR Jerry Porter for a touchdown in the third quarter.
2008 Week 11 vs TEN (13 / 30 / 135 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Garrard never got into a rhythm. Due to the constant pressure he faced from the Titans' pass rush, he was unable to step into most of his throws, and as a result misfired a lot. He and his receivers were unable to make any adjustments, in large part to not having time to set his feet and look for an open receiver. Several times during the game, Garrard threw passes that had no chance of being caught by one of his receivers due to pressure up the middle that prevented him from stepping into his throws.
2008 Week 12 vs MIN (27 / 45 / 317 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Garrard's final stat line is not going to do justice to the way he played in the game. He was the victim of a lot of bad luck, starting with the opening snap of the game. Center Brad Meester thought Garrard was under center (he was in shotgun) and the ball was fumbled, where it was picked up by LB Napoleon Harris for an easy touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, there was another fumble that gave the ball to the Vikings in prime scoring territory. Before Garrard had even touched the ball, his team trailed 14-0. He did lead his team on a scoring drive at the end of the first quarter, capped by an easy strike to WR Reggie Williams. On Jacksonville's next possession, Garrard appeared to have thrown a second touchdown pass, this time to TE Marcedes Lewis. But Lewis couldn't hang onto the perfectly thrown ball and it fell incomplete. For most of the game, he was given ample time to throw the football. He had a lot of time in the pocket, and the offensive line was doing a solid job against a tough defensive line. In fact, the second sack of Garrard was a case of him holding the ball too long, not anything the line did wrong. And on the rare occasion that he was flushed from the pocket, he did a nice job of eluding the pass rush. On one such play, he scrambled out to his right and found Lewis downfield for a big gain. It was a terrific individual effort, but unfortunately for Garrard not all of his linemen were playing within the rules. T Tony Pashos was whistled for his fourth holding penalty of the game, negating the big connection.
2008 Week 13 vs HOU (25 / 35 / 287 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 10 / 0 rush)
Garrard got off to a slow start as he finished the first half with five completions for 39 yards. His first quarter interception and fourth quarter fumble were turned into ten Houston points. Garrard did complete the game with respectable completion and yardage numbers but a large portion of those (including his lone touchdown pass) came near the end of the game with the Texans comfortably ahead. The Jacksonville field general had a reception on a batted ball, but the completion went for a loss of six yards.
2008 Week 14 vs CHI (19 / 38 / 178 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
It was a tough game for David Garrard. He was under a lot of pressure and the Chicago secondary knocked down many of his passes. There were three passes knocked down by defensive lineman in addition to the screens they knocked down. When Garrard did have a chance to throw the ball he did a great job in the cold weather. There were multiple drops during this game. Most were on very good passes and there was no excuse. Garrard did run a few times but his lanes closed up very fast.
2008 Week 15 vs GB (21 / 33 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
Garrard started slowly, apart from his pass to Northcutt for the first score of the game, but he made good adjustments and benefited from a mediocre pass rush to have a solid game. He relied mostly on short and intermediate passes, and only threw deep to Northcutt. With his reliance on the shorter passing game, Garrard distributed the ball to three tight ends and Jones-Drew, and only threw to two wide receivers. He was more accurate in the second half, and complemented his passing with some timely rushes to help keep his team moving forward for scores. His numbers could have been better had it not been for Northcutt dropping a deep pass that was accurately thrown, and for overthrowing Troy Williamson in the end zone.
2008 Week 16 vs IND (28 / 41 / 329 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 1 rush)
For most of the first half, Garrard matched counterpart Peyton Manning pass for pass. At one point, in fact, his numbers were even better than Manning's. He made a perfect pass to Dennis Northcutt on the first Jacksonville touchdown and made a number of crisp throws the rest of the first half as well (most of those going to Northcutt too). He was also getting the job done with his feet, fighting for extra yardage on a fourth down run on a drive that culminated with another Garrard run - this one a two yard touchdown up the middle. He wasn't without fault, nearly throwing a costly interception to CB Tim Jennings just before halftime (a play that would have likely resulted in a Colts touchdown as well had Jennings not dropped the football). The faults grew a lot more costly in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. He made a bad read on an interception that actually was returned for a touchdown, this one by Keiwan Ratliff midway through the fourth quarter. Garrard thought Ratliff was going to shift to the middle of the field, but at the last moment he dropped straight back into the passing lane on a ball intended for Reggie Williams. He easily picked it off and took it the other way for an easy score. Garrard wasn't finished being careless with the football after that pick, nearly getting intercepted by Antoine Bethea on the ensuing drive. He would have turned it over too, had it not been for a nice play by TE George Wrighster to break it up at the last moment. And on Jacksonville's final possession, Garrard made to inexcusable errors. The first was when he missed a wide open Reggie Williams in the end zone for what would have been the game-tying score. Williams broke loose (and TE Marcedes Lewis was open too) but Garrard's pass sailed way too high for Williams and fell incomplete. And with the Jaguars out of timeouts and just twelve seconds left on the clock, he took a sack on the following play. There was no chance for Jacksonville to regroup and get another play off, and the game abruptly ended.
2008 Week 17 vs BAL (14 / 25 / 127 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 40 / 0 rush)
Garrard had some success early on and led the Jaguars offense to a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. However, after that drive things got tough as he finished the game 14 for 25 for 127 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Although only sacked once, Garrard was pressured often and had little time to throw. He added 40 yards on four scrambles.
2007 Week 1 vs TEN (17 / 30 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
Garrard looked comfortable running the offense, especially early in the game. He showed good touch on intermediate and deep passing plays, including a well-thrown 47 yard pass for a touchdown where the receiver caught the ball in stride, and a short pass to the corner of the end zone that was caught but knocked out of the receiver's hands thanks to a good defensive play. Garrard used his athleticism judiciously, and stayed in the pocket in the face of pressure trying to make plays with his arm on several occasions and only ran from the pocket when he absolutely had to. He seemed very poised and had his team in position to either tie or take the lead late in the game by engineering a drive that ended as a result of Jones-Drew losing the ball inside the Titans' ten yard line after having it inadvertently kicked loose by a teammate.
2007 Week 2 vs ATL (17 / 25 / 272 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Garrard played well, and when given time to pass was precise on his passes, which were mostly intermediate in distance. He was comfortable and accurate throwing a variety of passes, whether they were over the middle or along the sideline, and showed a knack for identifying the open receiver and trying to get the ball to him. Garrard was forced to display his athleticism several times, as the Falcons were able to disrupt several of his passing attempts. He ran judiciously, breaking tackles and making defenders miss when he escaped the pocket. Although he didn't lead his team to many points, he kept them in the game and led them to victory by maintaining his poise.
2007 Week 3 vs DEN (14 / 20 / 154 / 1 / 0 pass, 12 / 52 / 0 rush)
Garrard managed the game well by following the game plan of attempting mostly short with some intermediate passes and running very well when his number was called in addition to using his athleticism to evade pass rushers. Apart from the gaffe he made when spiking the ball at the one yard line instead of calling a timeout, Garrard played well and was a big factor in Jacksonville winning. He did not take many risks passing the ball, but was accurate on the throws he attempted. Due to the conservative nature of the play calling, he did not utilize his wide receivers much, as only seven of his 20 passes were directed towards wide receivers, none in the second half.
2007 Week 5 vs KC (20 / 27 / 218 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Garrard managed the game well by utilizing mostly short with some intermediate passes. He did an excellent job of finding the open receiver and not forcing passes to his primary targets. As a result he spread the ball among a lot of different receivers, although Dennis Northcutt was the most targeted player. Garrard showed an ability to throw accurately on the run, completing several passes on plays designed for him to roll out of the pocket. He also showed a willingness to hang in the pocket and wait for a receiver to get open, and did not take off running every time his protection broke down. Although he only connected on one of the three deep passes he threw, he showed excellent touch and accuracy on all of his other throws.
2007 Week 6 vs HOU (22 / 34 / 221 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)
Garrard had another solid game and still has not thrown an interception yet this season. He completed 22 of 34 for two touchdowns and was able to gain another 26 yards scrambling out of trouble and away from the dangerous Houston pass rush. He is clearly in charge of this offense and yet he is still growing into the role of NFL starting quarterback.
2007 Week 7 vs IND (8 / 12 / 72 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garrard threw the ball pretty effectively while he was in the game, though he was unable to engineer any scoring drives. Three of his first five passes were directed to Ernest Wilford, but after that, Garrard spread the ball around and did not seem to favor any particular receiver. He did a good job taking care of the ball and had no turnovers, though obviously in limited action. The one time he was sacked resulted in the ankle sprain that knocked him out of the game, and the Jaguars passing attack nosedived after that.
2007 Week 11 vs SD (15 / 24 / 189 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 4 / 0 rush)
Garrard returned from injury and showed immediately how much better the team is with him than without. He led scoring drives on each of Jacksonville's first three possessions, despite facing an early relentless pass rush from the Chargers. As the game went on, however, the pass rush went from relentless to occasionally disturbing to completely non-existent. Garrard took full advantage of the lull in pressure by picking apart the San Diego secondary. He never locked on to any one guy for very long, spreading the wealth evenly amongst his receiving corps. It was made much easier for him when San Diego's secondary forgot to cover people on a couple of occasions. Garrard really made some outstanding passes downfield, showing a lot of zip and a surprisingly good precision. He again managed to go through an entire game without throwing an interception, and remains the only starting NFL quarterback not to throw one in 2007. It was his seventh consecutive game without one, which is a new Jaguars team record. What's more, he wasn't sacked even once by the Chargers, a team known for its ability to get to opposing quarterbacks. About the only thing we didn't get from this game is how well Garrard can move around. He ran just five times for four yards and never really broke out into the open field, so it was tough to get a gauge on how well his ankle is responding to playing. He did sneak for a first down run on fourth down early in the first quarter, so the team is at least willing to put him in situations where contact can occur. Hopefully, the lack of contact on him in this game will help him to recover that much quicker. Garrard's only negative on the day was a propensity for almost turning the ball over. On three separate occasions, he had passes deflected either at the line or by defenders downfield and nearly intercepted, only to have the ball fall harmlessly to the turf. He was bailed out on these particular plays, but more often than not passes like that will be intercepted by the defense.
2007 Week 12 vs BUF (23 / 37 / 296 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
David Garrard continues to play at a high level and appears to have the full confidence of his team. The fact that there was controversy when the Jaguars named him the starter over Byron Leftwich now seems odd. Garrard completed 23 of 37 for 296 yards and a touchdown and is still the only NFL quarterback this season that has yet to throw an interception. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers and showed poise in the pocket.
2007 Week 13 vs IND (24 / 29 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Garrard threw very accurately and exhibited very good touch on a wide variety of passes. He showed very good touch and arm strength on passes up the middle, along the sidelines, as well as whether he was in the pocket or throwing after rolling out of the pocket on designed plays. He looked to stand in the pocket longer to give his receivers a chance to get open, and did not look to run very often, except in short yardage situations. Of his five incompletions, only one was as a result of him completely missing an open receiver. Garrard attempted several passes in the intermediate range, and as a result, targeted his wide receivers more in this game than his tight ends. He had an apparent interception that was returned for a touchdown called back due to a false start penalty, and threw his first interception of the season, but did not let that affect him, as he proved to be very accurate and kept his team close up until the end.
2007 Week 14 vs CAR (20 / 36 / 230 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garrard went 20 of 36 for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He did a great job managing the game and put together six scoring drives for Jacksonville. Garrard led the Jaguars on four drives of nine plays or more. They controlled the ball and ate up minutes on the clock. He hit Reggie Williams on a 22 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. At the beginning of the second half, after Foster fumbled, Garrard hit Matt Jones in the back of the end zone for a six yard touchdown. Earlier in the game, Jones made a catch right along the back line of the end zone but just could not get both feet in bounds.
2007 Week 15 vs PIT (17 / 33 / 197 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garrard did not have his best game when it comes to accuracy, but he threw a season high three touchdown passes and led his team to victory in a challenging road environment. Garrard completed just over half of his 33 passes. His 12 yard touchdown pass to Ernest Wilford put Jacksonville up shortly before halftime. He found Reggie Williams wide open for a short three yard touchdown to punctuate the Jaguars' long 20 play march to open the second half. Garrard hit Dennis Northcutt for a 55 yard touchdown on the first play of Jacksonville's next drive to give the Jaguars a 15 point lead. Garrard threw his second interception of the season. He was attempting to hit Greg Jones on the play, but the pass sailed high and was picked off by Anthony Smith, who returned it deep into Jacksonville territory. Garrard ran for only eight yards on one scramble, but did a nice job avoiding sacks by moving around the pocket. His other run was a sneak that converted a fourth and one into a first down. He was credited with a loss of one yard on two kneel down plays to end the game.
2007 Week 16 vs OAK (11 / 18 / 199 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 1 rush)
Garrard was picked off for only the third time this season. Beyond that, he was almost perfect. He was one yard shy of 200 with two passing touchdowns, and also showed how dangerous he could be on the ground, adding another TD. He spread the ball around nicely, showing no favored receiver, and generally looked like the undisputed leader of his team out there.
2007 Week 18 vs PIT (9 / 21 / 140 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 58 / 0 rush)
Garrard struggled on the night, completing only nine of his 21 passes for 140 yards - including two interceptions. He did have a touchdown pass to Maurice Jones-Drew. He also was able to orchestrate the game winning drive, which included an impressive 32 yard scramble on fourth and two. Pittsburgh sacked Garrard four times and pressured him often.
2007 Week 19 vs NE (22 / 33 / 278 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Garrard threw very accurately and exhibited very good touch on a wide variety of passes. He showed very good touch and arm strength on passes up the middle, along the sidelines, as well as whether he was in the pocket or throwing after rolling out of the pocket. He also showed good accuracy and arm strength on a couple of passes where he threw the ball sidearm to get around pass rushers. Garrard did however have two turnovers that proved costly. One fumble was recovered by the defense at Jacksonville's 29 yard line that the Patriots turned into a touchdown, and his interception came late in the game that cost his team a chance to pull within a field goal.
2006 Week 5 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garrard played for one snap when Byron Leftwich was shaken up.
2006 Week 8 vs PHI (10 / 17 / 87 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 36 / 0 rush)
Garrard started in place of the injured QB Byron Leftwich, and he was able to manage the game just enough for Jacksonville to post the victory. Garrard was not asked to do too much as a passer, as he threw just 17 times for under 100 yards. He contributed much more as a rusher, gaining 36 yards and scrambling for four first downs. His longest run of 13 yards came on the opening drive, where he picked up a key first down on fourth down from the Eagles' 28 yard line. Garrard was limited as a passer not just by the gameplan but also due to very high winds. He was accurate with the ball, as nearly all of his passes were catchable (two were dropped) and one throw was purely to avoid a sack. Should Leftwich miss more time under center, Garrard has proven to be a viable and serviceable replacement quarterback.
2006 Week 9 vs TEN (12 / 22 / 177 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Garrard was effective subbing for Leftwich, and showed a high comfort level with a game plan that called for him to make a variety of throws that were aggressive in nature. He showed poise in looking at a particular receiver to freeze the defensive backs, then throwing to a different receiver, and displayed good touch on his throws. Garrard did not scramble much in this game, choosing instead to show he could make plays as a passer, and doing so very well. Had it not been for a few dropped passes, his passing numbers could have been higher. He also missed receivers on some other passes, but overall he played very efficiently and led his team to the win.
2006 Week 10 vs HOU (15 / 34 / 214 / 0 / 4 pass, 4 / 44 / 0 rush)
Garrard played better than his stats would indicate. He was victimized by at least five dropped passes. Matt Jones dropped three passes and two of them resulted in interceptions. Ernest Wilford dropped two more. One of the drops came on a perfectly thrown deep ball that might have become a 79 yard touchdown pass. Garrard's first interception occurred when he was crunched by DeMeco Ryans just as he was releasing the ball, causing the pass to flutter in the air. Garrard made a bad decision when he tried to force the ball to Wilford in the end zone from 23 yards away and Dunta Robinson picked it off. Garrard used his mobility to gain 44 yards on four rushes.
2006 Week 11 vs NYG (19 / 32 / 249 / 0 / 0 pass, 9 / 31 / 0 rush)
Garrard managed the game well and avoided errors for the most part. He did fail to gather a high snap on the Jaguars' first drive, and he had to run back to recover the ball at his own one yard line. He did a much better job on the next drive, hitting Ernest Wilford for an 18 yard gain and George Wrighster for 23 yards. He then targeted Wrighster in the end zone but the ball was just slightly overthrown and Wrighster let it slip through his outstretched fingers. Garrard connected with Wilford three times on the Jaguars' fourth possession and Fred Taylor ran in a ten yard touchdown to end the drive. Garrard showed how effective he can be in the running game, converting four first downs in the game. Several of his passes were accurate but were dropped by the receivers. On the Jaguars' opening drive of the second half, Garrard again looked to Wilford. He found him for gains of 17 yards and 15 yards before targeting him too deep in the end zone. The longest completion of the day went to Matt Jones when Garrard found him for a 49 yard gain.
2006 Week 12 vs BUF (16 / 22 / 132 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Garrard was solid in managing the game, and proved to be adept at making short quick throws. He was under pressure from Buffalo's pass rush throughout the game, but made good decisions as to when to throw the ball short or to scramble. He spread the ball around to his various receivers, usually throwing short passes and relying on them to gain yards after the catch. He ran successfully when he had to, and was able to pick up a couple of first downs. Garrard seemed comfortable in carrying out the game plan, although he was not asked to take many chances in the deep passing game.
2006 Week 13 vs MIA (16 / 22 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 24 / 0 rush)
Garrard made his sixth straight start for the injured Byron Leftwich and led the Jaguars to their fourth win with himself at the helm. He threw for 229 passing yards and two touchdowns, one to Matt Jones, the other to George Wrighster. He also showed an ability to scramble in the pocket and gained 24 yards on six carries, 17 of those yards on one carry near the end of the first half, following that rush with his 16 yard touchdown strike to Wrighster.
2006 Week 14 vs IND (8 / 14 / 79 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Garrard was not asked to take many chances in the passing game, thanks to the very effective rushing attack. However, he did not capitalize on opportunities to score in the end zone, throwing an interception and overthrowing his receivers on two other chances. He was accurate with the shorter passes, and managed to keep drives alive at times with these passes. Although the team ran the ball well, Garrard could have had better numbers if he was able to connect on the scoring opportunities.
2006 Week 15 vs TEN (22 / 37 / 233 / 1 / 3 pass, 6 / 43 / 0 rush)
Garrard had an uneven game. At times he made big plays by using his ability to scramble to either rush for positive yards, or give his receivers enough time to get open and connect with them. However there were other times when he wilted under the constant pressure of the Titans' defense, and threw costly interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He also lost a fumble in the red zone, which not only removed potential points from the Jaguars, but was returned for a touchdown. He did not get into a comfortable rhythm with his receivers in this game.
2006 Week 16 vs NE (17 / 23 / 195 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Garrard had a quiet first half, attempting just ten passes. He completed eight, with five going to Maurice Jones-Drew and one hitting the umpire in the head. The wide receivers had three receptions between them for a total of 12 yards during the half. The Patriots took the lead in the second half and Garrard was forced to throw the ball with more ambition. On the Jaguars' opening possession of the half he threw deep over the middle and found Matt Jones for a 24 yard gain. Garrard was intercepted on the following drive after trying to find Ernest Wilford, but the play was negated by a roughing the passer call. He went straight back to Wilford, hitting him deep for a 41 yard gain before he was tackled at the two yard line. Garrard threw an accurate pass to Matt Jones with three minutes remaining in the game, and Jones took it in for a 33 yard score. The Jaguars got the ball back one more time, but Garrard fumbled away possession to Rodney Harrison after being sacked by Jarvis Green. It appeared that Garrard was content to hand the ball off and control the game until the score forced him to open up the passing game in the second half.
2006 Week 17 vs KC (10 / 18 / 140 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Garrard has been hot and cold in his time filling in for injured Byron Leftwich. In this game, he was a little bit too much off to keep Coach Jack Del Rio happy. He completed ten of 18 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown and picked up 15 yards on one run, but he was not able to maintain an offensive threat. After throwing an interception on the first Jaguars' series of the second half, which led to a Chiefs' score, he was pulled and never returned to the contest.
2005 Week 11 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Garrard spelled Leftwich for one play when Leftwich had to come out due to injury. He used that opportunity to rush for 12 yards and keep the Jaguars' drive alive.
2005 Week 12 vs ARI (12 / 26 / 115 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 61 / 1 rush)
Garrard spelled Leftwich for the remainder of the game and did a credible job of managing the game. He displayed strong rushing skills, and showed he can throw the ball where asked. He tended to lock on to Jimmy Smith a lot, targeting him on more than half of his attempts. Garrard missed some open receivers, which would have improved his passing numbers.
2005 Week 13 vs CLE (11 / 20 / 116 / 2 / 1 pass, 9 / 13 / 0 rush)
Garrard completed 55% of his twenty passes, with a 5.8 yard average per passing attempt, but threw just one interception, and finished with an 84.6 passer rating in the win. Garrard's showed great poise in the second half, and overcame a first half filled with dropped passes and unlucky bounces in throwing a pair of touchdown passes to lead the team to victory. His biggest play of the day came just before the two minute warning with the Jaguars ahead 20-14, and facing a third and nineteen. Unable to find an open receiver, he took off running, and after avoiding a number of defenders, had scrambled his way for 28 yards and a first down to seal the game and extend the Jaguars' winning streak.
2005 Week 14 vs IND (26 / 35 / 250 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 1 rush)
Garrard had a tough game for the first three quarters, but persevered and brought his team back in the fourth quarter. He showed he can make plays out of the pocket with his legs, and looked a lot more comfortable passing in the fourth quarter, which coincided with him targeting Jimmy Smith. Garrard threw mostly short to intermediate passes, though he did show a strong arm on a couple of deep passes to Smith. Over 150 of his yards came in the fourth quarter, as did his touchdown pass and run. While attempting to score in the second half, Garrard fumbled at the two yard line, with the ball recovered by the Colts.
2005 Week 15 vs SF (21 / 40 / 216 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 27 / 1 rush)
Garrard had several opportunities to make big plays downfield, but overthrew several of his receivers. He was more accurate on his intermediate throws, and, while he targeted Jimmy Smith the most, threw to many different receivers throughout the game. Garrard displayed he can be effective when he leaves the pocket, as he ran with a lot of confidence and purpose, and proved to be a dual threat to score when inside the red zone. Jacksonville continued to show confidence in him, as they called several deep pass plays throughout the game. Garrard's passing numbers were also affected by a few dropped passes, but he kept coming back to those receivers.
2005 Week 16 vs HOU (18 / 31 / 292 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush)
Garrard had a career high 292 yards passing and a touchdown leading Jacksonville to victory and a spot in the playoffs. He showed a strong arm on several deep out routes and was quite poised setting up in the pocket. Garrard was fortunate on several occasions that his errant passes were not intercepted thanks to the Houston defenders for dropping the ball. He did have an interception nullified due to a personal foul penalty against Houston. Garrard had two fumbles in the game; both on sacks but each was recovered by Jacksonville. Although he was sacked three times that number could have been high but his mobility and lower body strength helped him avoid a few more. He showed nice touch as he lofted a pass to Wilford for a 36 yard touchdown. Garrard completed 18 of 31 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also added 40 yards to the rushing stats.
2005 Week 17 vs TEN (10 / 16 / 128 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garrard played just the first half and again played solid for the Jaguars. He led the Jaguars on two touchdown drives of over 60 yards on their first two possessions showing poise and confidence as a starting quarterback. With an early lead, Garrard relied on the running game taking some of the pressure off him and eliminate any need for late heroics. Garrard completed ten of 16 passes for 128, no touchdown and no interceptions. He has thrown 133 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Although Garrard has played well in the absence of Byron Leftwich, he is expected to return to the backup role for the playoffs.