David Garrard's Preseason Struggles Shouldn't Concern Jaguars Fans

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback David Garrad #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals on November 27, 2005 at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

When you hear reports from Jaguars Training Camp 2009, you hear a majority of good things. 

You will probably hear about Greg Jones, Rashad Jennings, and Maurice Jones-Drew performing up to par, or even a birdie or two better.  

You might also hear of the new and improved offensive line, the improved secondary, the wide receivers with speed and actual hands, or maybe the hard hitting linebackers. 

However, one of the biggest concerns for many is David Garrard's performance. 

While you can't question the quarterback's dedication, his skill is often questioned.

After a sub-par performance in Saturday night's scrimmage some are beginning to wonder if this season will be another disappointment.

Jags fans, I have a feeling that the panic switch should be way out of reach at this point. 

Here's why:

1. Garrard's New Targets = New Chemistry

Let's think for a second. 

What's the difference between tall sluggish wide receivers and medium to small speedy wide receivers? 

Don't worry, it's not a trick question—there's a whole lot of difference. 

As Mike Walker and Troy Williamson are the only returning wide receivers from last year, David has to find out where a wide receiver will be and when and where he should throw the ball. 

This is something that only comes with time, as a speedy short receiver will need the ball in a different place then a tall sluggish one would.  

Garrard just needs some time to find the right spot to put the ball with the new wide outs.

2. It's the Beginning of the Season and Everyone's a Bit Rusty

Jags fans should be reminded that the Jags were the last team in the AFC South to open training camp.

They may seem behind, while in reality they aren't. 

3.  Garrard Has Never Been Terrible

Despite a poor 2008, well by his standards, David Garrard still threw for just as many touchdowns as Byron Leftwich threw for in his years as the Jacksonville starter.

Garrard carried the team with leadership, big runs, and big drives.

With the re-emergence of the offensive line, the hope is that Garrard will only have to be decent for the Jags to win. 

So before you hit the panic button, relax.

David Garrard could return to 2007 form, even though he may not seem to be performing or having a stellar day in training camp. 

However, if the trend continues later in the preseason, be ready to grab the panic button, because there's nothing behind him.


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