Jets sign David Garrard to heat up quarterback competition
While the David Garrard may not be a long-term solution to the New York Jets quarterback position, he could bring in competition for the team’s incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. The former New York Jets’ 1st overall pick in the 2009 draft, Mark Sanchez lost his starting job to youngster Greg McElroy following a dismal season highlighted by considerable turnovers.
The New York Jets have a full house with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and Tim Tebow still on the roster. David Garrard could be Mark Sanchez’s main competition at training camp, considering Tim Tebow is still oblivious to where he may land next season, although offensive New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg indicated Tebow will be taking reps at quarterback. Additionally, the New York Jets could be reviewing Greg McElroy and Matt Simms’ value to the team if they decide to draft and a quarterback to develop.
There are also chances that this little experiment to build open competition at the quarterback spot could blow up in their faces, just as the New York Jets’ hopes of signing Tim Tebow in a motivator role to Sanchez backfired last season. Despite potential, Tim Tebow never got a solid starting opportunity, while the New York Jets ended up being tied to the struggling Mark Sanchez due to a misguided extension.
David Garrard has nearly a twice as good interception rate, 42.2 attempts per interception, compared Mark Sanchez’s average of one interception every 27.1 passes. The nine-year veteran David Garrard has a career passer rating of 85.8 and a 39-37 record as a starter (all with the Jacksonville Jaguars).
Since being selected in the fourth round of the 2002 drafts by the Jacksonville Jaguar, David Garrard completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 16,003 yards and 89 touchdowns while being picked 54 times during the stretch with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But after being sidelined for the 2011 season due to back issues, the Jacksonville Jaguars released David Garrard that year. Although David Garrard was the Miami Dolphins’ No.1 quarterback during 2012 training camp he was beaten out by Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore on the depth chart, after developing knee issues and requiring surgery in August. David Garrard didn’t appear in a single game for the Miami Dolphins as well, so he’s got two years’ worth of rust on him. But 35-year-old David Garrard could warrant a shot for competition against Mark Sanchez if he manages to stay healthy this year.