The New York Jets activated QB David Garrard to the active roster on Monday, and released QB Brady Quinn.
Garrard retired in the off-season due to a reoccurring knee injury, but decided he wanted to give his football career one last chance. Garrard has spent the last two weeks attending meetings, practicing, and was present on the sideline during the previous two games. However, the Jets had to make a decision by Monday whether to release or activate Garrard; they chose to activate him.
Head coach Rex Ryan said that Matt Simms would remain the back-up quarterback on gameday, and it’s unlikely Garrard will be active. But, Garrard will provide a strong veteran leadership to Geno Smith.
“His conditioning isn’t to where we’d certainly like it to be eventually. That’s why he works after practice every day,” Rex said. “But it’s better, it’s good. The way he’s throwing the football — he can really throw the ball — I think he’s good for us. He has that experience. He’s maybe someone that Geno [Smith] can talk to because he’s been there, done that.”
Garrard is ready and willing to embrace his role as veteran mentor to the Jets’ two young quarterbacks.
“My knowledge of the game and my past history can help both of them hopefully to be just a little bit better quarterbacks and be able to study a little bit better on certain things,” Garrard said. “But my arm’s been good so I’m just going to keep it warmed up and get the rest of the body ready in case my number’s ever called.”