New York Jets work out free agent QB David Garrard

By Gil Alcaraz IV
David Garrard
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The New York Jets are heading into an offseason during which the entire roster needs a complete overhaul. Despite deficiencies across the board, the biggest question mark remains at the quarterback spot.

In an attempt to find an answer, the Jets brought in free agent quarterback David Garrard for a workout on Thursday.

The veteran quarterback hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since 2010, when he started 14 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars. During that season, he completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,734 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also picked up 279 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, but fumbled 11 times.

Garrard spent the 2012 preseason with the Miami Dolphins and was considered the front-runner for their starting quarterback spot ahead of rookie Ryan Tannehill before a knee scope led to his eventual release.

While Garrard is far from a long-term solution, the Jets would still be better off with him under center than the NFL’s worst starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Throughout the 2012 season, Sanchez single-handedly tanked the Jets’ chances of winning with untimely turnovers and inaccurate passing. After four years at the helm, his reign of terror appears at an end.

The only other quarterbacks currently on the roster are Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. Tebow, by all accounts, is headed for free agency this offseason. McElroy has some potential, but is a raw talent that isn’t yet ready to lead an NFL offense.

If Garrard were to take the reins of the Jets’ offense, they would finally have some semblance of consistency at the quarterback spot. He won’t spur any Super Bowl runs anytime soon, but he’s light-years better than Sanchez and has a commendable track record as an NFL passer.

Above all, Garrard would help undo the damage that Sanchez has done to this franchise.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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