“I was able to take the whole summer off and let my body heal. I started training a couple of months ago and my knee feels great,” said Garrard. “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why am I doing this to myself?' I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”
The 6’1”, 239-pound Garrard is a career 61.6% passer with 89 TDs and 54 INTs. A fourth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002, the East Carolina product is eligible to do everything with the club — including practice and attend meetings — except play in games.
“I reached out to Mr. Idzik,” Garrard said referring to a call he placed to Jets GM John Idzik. “He has given me another chance, so it’s truly a blessing.”
This is a low-risk, high-reward move for us. The benefits of adding Garrard to the competition in the spring still exist today. Given the 2-game exemption, we are afforded some time to evaluate Garrard’s physical condition.