The New York Jets have taken the first step to find competition for Mark Sanchez. According to Manish Metta of the New York Daily News, David Garrard has signed with New York. Garrard was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Garrard has shown he is a capable starter when healthy. The problem that has held him back is his chronic back problems. Garrard was cut by the Miami Dolphins in September of last year. These issues have basically robbed him of the last two seasons.
The former Jaguar led the team to the playoffs twice and was a Pro Bowl player following the 2010 season. His most successful season saw him throw for 23 touchdowns. His playing style would best be described as a game-manager. Garrard at his best also offers decent mobility at the quarterback position. Offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg had earlier boasted how the former USC star had a “leg up” on any opponent. It appears that the truth of his words will be tested. Sanchez had a reputation as a “game manager” also, but lately he has been a liability.
Garrard is 35 years old so this age means that he is not the future at quarterback in a long term sense. After Sanchez’s recent regression, he should no longer be viewed as the solution either. As a result an early pick, perhaps as high as the second round, should still be used on this position. Garrard may not be a superstar, but at least John Idzik is trying.