Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Garrard Bounces Back; Quicker Start for Jags QB after a Long Weather Delay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Garrard Bounces Back; Quicker Start for Jags QB after a Long Weather Delay

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David Garrard knows.

He knows how frustrating his performance was against the Philadelphia Eagles a week ago. And until he was hit in the chest and lost his breath, the Jaguars quarterback looked like a man quieting his critics Saturday night.

Despite frequent pressure, Garrard completed six of eight passes for 79 yards against the Miami Dolphins. He led a 78-yard scoring drive, which included passes of 35 yards and 22 yards to Mike Sims-Walker, after opening the game with a three-and-out stop.

"I know last week we didn't make some of those plays but when you see the ball get out on time and it gets in their hands they are going to make the plays," Garrard said. "I know there was a lot of frustration around the city, but that is to be expected when you don't do very much.''

The Jaguars lost the game, 27-26, to go 0-2 in the preseason with starters playing for nearly a half. Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne played a half and notched 151 yards and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 14 passes. The Jaguars saw defensive end Aaron Kampman in action for the first time along with first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu. The pair combined for a sack to start the game.

"He brought some energy right away," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said of Alualu.

EverBank Field's debut game was delayed one hour and 45 minutes by lightning from two storms. Kickoff was scheduled for just after 7:30.

Both offenses started slowly. The Dolphins defense held Jacksonville to a three-and-out stop punctuated by an overthrown pass from Garrard to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Then, the Jaguars' defense started its first drive with the Kampman/Alualu sack and finished with a blocked punt for a safety by Rashad Jennings.

After that both offenses ignited.

Miami's first-team offense scored on every consecutive drive with a 38-yard field goal and touchdowns of 55 and 11 yards.

As for the Jaguars' offense, it made amends.

Last week against the Eagles, Garrard was 5-of-10 for 35 yards and the first-team offense picked up just one first down. …

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