David Garrard Likely to See Competition From Former Rams QB Keith Null
But it's not the quarterback some expected.
Keith Null, a former backup for the St. Louis Rams, will be in Jacksonville Monday and likely will sign a contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported. There had been speculation the team might have interest Trent Edwards, who was released by the Buffalo Bills Monday after starting in that organization's first two games of the regular season.
Quarterback increasingly has been a major source of speculation and criticism around the Jaguars in recent days.
David Garrard, the team's starter the last several seasons, not only threw four interceptions in a 38-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers a week ago, he followed that with what some observers believed was his worst game as a starter on Sunday.
While quarterback Michael Vick producing four touchdowns for the Philadelphia Eagles, Garrard completed 13 of 30 passes for 105 yards and no touchdowns with an interception. Vic Ketchman of Jaguars.com called it Garrard's worst performance since he took over as the starter in 2007.
Garrard had been under scrutiny throughout the offseason, and the Jaguars lost what might have been a viable option at the position during the loss to San Diego when backup Luke McCown -- who played effectively at times in the preseason -- sustained a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear.
The Jaguars signed 38-year old veteran Todd Bouman last week to backup Garrard, but while there has been movement on the quarterback front in Jacksonville, there has been no indication that either Bouman or Null are possibilities to replace Garrard.
Garrard, while never one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks, has at times in his Jaguars career been a better-than-adequate starter. As rough as the last two weeks have been, the Jaguars' best option could be to have faith he'll play nearer his 2007-2008 levels than his level of the past two weeks.
If not, a season that looked somewhat promising after a Week 1 victory over Denver could slide away in a hurry.