Garrard Gives Thanks

This was a special Thanksgiving for quarterback David Garrard. It was his first as a father.

As usual, coach Jack Del Rio switched practice to the morning Thursday so the players could have Thanksgiving with their families.

"We've already started the Christmas decorations. I'm having Thanksgiving with my son and my wife and her family is coming down. It's going to be a great one," he said.

Garrard also wants it to be a good one on the field because he wants to avenge last year's 27-24 loss to Buffalo. He had a solid day, completing 16 of 22 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. And the Jaguars also ran for 207 yards, but still lost, mainly because Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.

Garrard is playing well with eight touchdown passes and no interceptions, but feels he can play better.

"Every quarterback can probably take his game to a new level. I definitely can as well," he said.

He's spreading the ball around because the Jaguars don't have a go-to receiver and he thinks that keeps all the players in the game.

"That's important. Everybody sees now that not just one or two guys going to get the ball. Everybody's got to be ready to make those plays. You can't take plays off," he said.

Garrard said they're not overlooking the Bills even though they lost to New England, 56-10, last week.

The Jaguars play the Colts next week in what will be a battle for first place in the AFC South if they beat the Bills.

"I hope we're not overlooking them. They've won four of their last five. We can't overlook anybody," he said.

He also thinks this can be a special team.

"I've said that since day one. It's just the way everything has panned out for myself and the way we've been able to go out and be consistent throughout the year. I really think this team is destined for something great," he said.


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