The quarterback competition is over in Jacksonville, albeit somewhat grudgingly. David Garrard was named the starter for the season opener against the Titans, but coach Jack Del Rio told The Florida Times-Union that he would like to see his veteran starter be more efficient in his final preseason tune-ups.
Then again, that’s a statement that could be made about Garrard in each of the past three seasons. After a breakout year in 2007, fantasy owners have found life with Garrard to be nearly as frustrating as drinking coffee with a fork. Case in point, his 2010 season featured a career-high 23 touchdown passes to go along with a career-high 15 interceptions. Garrard’s five rushing touchdowns last season was a nice boost, but with his balky back occasionally taking him out of action, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be as much of a threat to run.
Waiting in the wings is rookie Blaine Gabbert. The former Missouri star was pushing Garrard early in camp but has been inconsistent so far in the team’s first two games. He’ll start the year as the Jags’ number two signal caller but won’t see much time unless the starter suffers an injury.