"As long as I’m healthy," Garrard said, "and able to continue to work with the team and don’t have setbacks with my knee or my back or anything like that, then I know that I have the ability to [be the starter]. But I can’t talk about it. I’ve still got to go out on the field and do it."
Garrard believes he can, even though he hasn’t started an NFL game since Dec. 26, 2010 with Jacksonville. He missed the 2011 season because of a back injury and had a chance to be the opening day starter for Miami last season before a knee injury took him out of the running.
The more I think about the QB competition the more fascinating it becomes. Sanchez is looking for his last shot with the team that paid and drafted him. Garrard is looking for his last shot. And Smith and McElroy are looking to break into the rotation on a consistent basis. It might be that Sanchez is the one most likely to win the job, but anything is possible.
Garrard might be the experienced vet who can play within himself to keep the offense moving the chains, but I think it's going to be difficult for Garrard to stay healthy for a full 16 games and I think that his conditioning this summer is going to be so critical to whether or not he can actually compete for the job.