Quarterback David Garrard Attempting a Comeback with Jets

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NFL via Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — As rookie Geno Smith seems to have a firm hold on the starting quarterback job for the New York Jets, it looks like he’ll have a veteran presence behind him as David Garrard has decided to end his retirement and attempt a comeback with the team.

“I didn’t want to turn 50 and be that guy who looks back and says, ‘What if? What if I just called somebody?'” Garrard said after his first practice back with the team. “I’m glad I did.”

Garrard signed a one-year deal with the Jets back in March, but knee issues forced him to walk away from the game. But after recently passing a physical, Garrard was removed from the reserve-retired list.

The Jets have until Oct. 21 to decide whether or not they want to activate the veteran quarterback.

The 35-year-old Garrard hasn’t thrown a regular season NFL pass since 2010 when he was with the Jaguars. He spent nine years in Jacksonville, throwing 89 touchdowns during his time there.

With rookie Smith, the Jets have started out 3-2 so far.

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