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Report: David Garrard looks like leader in Dolphins QB derby

David Garrard

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard (9) during the NFL mini-football-camp in Davie, Fla. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


David Garrard got the first shot as Dolphins quarterback during minicamp and it seems that wasn’t just because Garrard comes before Moore and Tannehill in alphabetical order.

On SportsCenter Friday, via Rotoworld, Adam Schefter reported that Garrard’s play this spring has put him ahead of Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill as the team heads toward training camp.

“The more you hear, the more it sounds like David Garrard has really taken this opportunity to emerge as the favorite to be the starting quarterback down in Miami,” said Schefter. “Very impressive, adept, good footwork. Matt Moore’s been good, Ryan Tannehill’s been good, but David Garrard has looked the most comfortable of any of the quarterbacks.”

That last bit is interesting because Garrard hasn’t had much experience playing in offenses like the one Joe Philbin has brought to Miami. Throw in the fact that he’s coming off a back injury as well and it is fairly impressive that he’s been able to make such a positive impression so quickly.

Having said that, there’s still a lot of time left for things to change on the Dolphins’ depth chart between now and the first week of the season. Garrard’s chances of winning the job look better now than they did when he first came on board, but he’ll still have to prove to the Dolphins that he offers them more of an upside than either of the other candidates.