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After strong start, Garrard fades down stretch

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — David Garrard set the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season, enjoyed five of the best eight games of his career and led the Jacksonville Jaguars to several late wins.

His performance Sunday overshadowed all of it.

With star running back Maurice Jones-Drew sitting out because of a knee injury, the Jaguars put more on Garrard's shoulders and he struggled to handle it.

Coach Jack Del Rio says the team "put too big of a load on David."

Garrard had two turnovers and several near misses in a 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. He showed coaches, teammates and front office personnel — again — that he's far from the elite quarterback they need to get to the next level.

Jacksonville plays at Houston on Sunday.