Leftwich to be released by the Jacksonville Jaguars
Byron Leftwich, the four-year
starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars to be traded.
coach Jack Del Rio announced today the intentions of the Jaguars
to trade QB Byron Leftwich before the roaster deadline.
David Garrard will be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars,
announced Del Rio, "After thorough ongoing evaluation of the
entire body of work, we have made the decision that David gives
us the best chance to win. We're naming David as our starting
quarterback." The coach added: "Clearly, Byron worked hard at
being all that he could be. I really believe this is more about
David taking a step forward, this being a decision about David
being ready for an opportunity and having earned that."
Del Rio has been by Byron Leftwich,
announcing earlier that the quarterback is healthy and will play
in the 2007. But David Garrard clearly gave 100% during the
preseason, completing 76.6% of his passes and the
coaching staff feels comfortable with Garrard entering the
regular NFL season.
Byron Leftwich was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars
in the 2003 NFL Draft, when a misunderstanding between the
Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens left him available for
the Jags 7th pick. Leftwich became starter quarterback in 2003,
while 4-games rookie, after QB Mark Brunell was injured. But a
broken ankle in 2005 put him out of the last five games from the
regular season, and since, his career has been constantly
overshadowed by injuries, which finally ended his stay with the
Published on 08/31/2007