Jaguars QB Garrard unfazed by Edwards’ arrival

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It’s clear that’s not Garrard, a fourth-round pick in 2002 who overcame Crohn’s disease and beat out former first-round draft pick Byron Leftwich to earn the starting job in 2007.

Garrard threw 18 TD passes and three interceptions in his first season as the starter and led Jacksonville to its first postseason victory since 2000. Owner Wayne Weaver rewarded him with a six-year, $60 million extension that included $18 million guaranteed. But he’s been mediocre since, throwing 34 TD passes and 28 INTs. He also has been sacked 94 times in the last 35 games.

Del Rio and Weaver even challenged Garrard in January.

“I just think collectively we all have got to play better,” Garrard said. “I’ve got to make sure that I get the ball out faster so I don’t put pressure on my offensive line. I’ve got to get it out faster to the right guys and allow them to make plays and to be explosive. We’ve got to throw the ball downfield at times, too. We just have to get back to doing what we do and I’ve got to get back to doing what I do.”

Garrard and Edwards have one thing in common: They’ve heard more jeers than cheers.

“When you lose, the quarterback is going to get the slack, so it’s understandable,” Edwards said. “It’s tough, but I’ve been through that.”

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