- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some quick-hit thoughts on the Jets and Garrard:
This falls in line with New York general manager John Idzik's declaration to add competition to the quarterback competition. Garrard made a good case to be the starter last year in Miami. He was the best quarterback in training camp, which also included Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill, until a back injury ended Garrard's season. If healthy, Garrard, 35, may be able to give struggling incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez a run for the job.
Working out Garrard makes sense from a schematic standpoint, as well. Garrard is a West Coast quarterback. He had success with it in Jacksonville and also showed very little learning curve with Miami's West Coast scheme. New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is changing New York from a ground-and-pound offense to a precision passing, West Coast team. This gives Garrard a chance to thrive.
Finally, this further signals the end for Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets are looking to add a veteran to compete with Sanchez and probably a developmental quarterback via the draft. If the Jets sign Garrard or any veteran, that makes Tebow the odd man out. New York is hoping Tebow could bring back value with a trade. But the market for Tebow appears non-existent.