David Garrard: I’d Have A ‘Great Opportunity’ To Be The Starting QB For Jets
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Jets recently worked out ex-Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, and he said that he managed to turn some heads.
“It was a great workout,” Garrard said, according to the New York Post. ”They had two receivers they brought in to take a look at, too, but also to catch balls from me. (In) every drill they had me do, I did great in.”
The 35-year-old, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2010, has dealt with back and knee injuries. He did tell Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, however, that his look-see “went great, but still working out the particulars.”
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garrard and the Jets believe they’ll have a deal “once they can work through the cap issues.”
If that’s the case, Garrard feels that he has a great chance of beating out incumbent starter Mark Sanchez for the starting job.
“I felt like if I am healthy and I am playing at my highest, then that’s going to give me a great opportunity to be the starting quarterback,” Garrard told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. ”Now, if Mark comes out and he is playing even better than that, then great for him, but I am going to give it my all. If I can be the starting quarterback, I know what I can do on the field and I know what I can bring to the table. Hopefully I can, and if that’s the case I know we can have some good times.”
The Jets reportedly want to bring five quarterbacks to training camp — Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and two yet-to-be-determined players. Tim Tebow is expected to be released if New York can’t pull off an offseason trade involving the backup QB.
“I just think it’s a great opportunity,” Garrard said. ”I still gotta go out there and win the job. I still gotta go out there and play if I am signed by the Jets. For me it’s not necessarily money.Everybody wants to get paid, everybody wants to make money, but that’s not really it. I definitely want to get out there and show I can still be the same quarterback I was in the past — the quarterback that’s been to Pro Bowls, been at the tops in the league as far as QB rating.
“I want to go out and win ballgames.”
Garrard has a 39-37 record in 79 career starts, all with the Jaguars.
The 2009 Pro Bowler was released from Jacksonville after a poor preseason in 2011. He was expected to start the season for Miami in 2012, but arthroscopic knee surgery in August quickly ended his time with the Dolphins.
The Jets are also expected to “at least look into” quarterbacks Matt Moore and Matt Flynn, according to the New York Post.
So let’s say it comes down to David Garrard or Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job. Who are you taking? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…