Will David Garrard Push Mark Sanchez For the New York Jets Starting Job at QB?

By Dan Parzych
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Last week, there was plenty of speculation surrounding the New York Jets and whether or not they would bring quarterback David Garrard on board for the 2013 season. Of course, the main question now–will Garrard give Mark Sanchez a run for the starting job at quarterback?

Even though it’s been more than two years since he’s played in the NFL, Garrard has proven to be effective as a starter before and with all of the struggles surrounding Sanchez over the years–it wouldn’t be a surprise if Garrard made things interesting during training camp. Obviously, Garrard would have preferred a chance at a starting job, but with limited options surrounding the rest of the league–the Jets seemed like his best shot for the 2013 season.

Despite the signing, the starting job is Sanchez’s to lose at this point–so at least he’ll have every opportunity in the world to prove himself next year that he deserves to be the team’s No. 1 quarterback. There was plenty of talk last year surrounding Sanchez and how he should be benched for Tim Tebow considering how much he struggled during the regular season, but Rex Ryan was sold on allowing him to keep the job.

Now that a veteran like Garrard is on board, it should be interesting to see how much he pushes Sanchez over the next couple of months as the Jets look to bounce back from another disappointing season. Sanchez is running out of time to prove himself and if his recent struggles continue–Ryan most likely won’t be afraid to give Garrard a shot to prove himself.

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