The St. Louis Rams need to find another quarterback for the roster after once again losing Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury. Shaun Hill is the presumed starter, but beyond that the Rams are paper thin at the position.
While Rams fans certainly hope the team isn’t desperate enough to scour Twitter for a replacement, it appears they have a willing candidate lobbying through that medium.
Former Jacksonville Jaguar and New York Jet David Garrard tweeted that he’d love a shot to make the Rams roster.
Would love a call from the rams!
— David Garrard (@davidgarrard9) August 25, 2014
Garrard was idle as the third quarterback on the New York Jets roster. Even after Mark Sanchez went down for the season and rookie Geno Smith periodically missed time with injury, it was Matt Simms, not Garrard, who got the call. Garrard insisted he was ready to play last season, but he never got that opportunity.
Still a free agent, Garrard has now made it clear that he wants to play regularly in the NFL. While it’s hard to tell how effective he’d be, St. Louis may be the perfect situation in which he can find out. Shaun Hill may have a leg up on him just by having attended the full minicamp and training camp, but the team wouldn’t be as committed to Hill as the Jets were to their younger quarterbacks should Hill struggle.
Since the traditional routes haven’t been so good to Garrard, it appears he’s willing to take a different path to maybe returning to the NFL and even getting some live snaps. We’ll see whether the Rams are desperate enough to bite or if they have a different approach in mind.