Jaguars to hold an open competition at quarterback?

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter reveled some interesting information when speaking recently to a reporter for the Jaguars’ official website – most notably that Luke McCown and David Garrard saw equal reps at the team’s recent mini-camp.

“Even though Luke was our number two last year, he didn’t take many reps. We haven’t had much chance to see him operate in our system. Mini-camp was his first chance to get equal reps. This is a time for Luke to show he can compete with Dave. He’s athletic, he’s sharp. Can he push Dave when they’re hitting you for real? We like what we see out of Luke in the meeting room and what we saw of him in mini-camp,” Koetter said.

What Koetter said could mean something, it could mean nothing. That said, the Jags haven’t necessarily shown unwavering support for Garrard over the last year or so. Even though he has been productive, you get the feeling that the Jags want more out of their quarterback position than what Garrard brings to the field.

It’s still early, but the likely scenario is that Garrard beats McCown in training camp and then is kept on a short leash. If Garrard gets off to a slow start, McCown could unseat him early in the season.


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