Garrard expects to battle for starting role

Earlier this week, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke of incumbent Matt Moore likely being the team's opening day quarterback in 2012.

Ross mentioned the need for rookie Ryan Tannehill to be eased into the starting job, and that he expected Moore would start in the interim.

Not so fast, says veteran David Garrard, who signed with the Dolphins in the off-season after sitting out 2011 following his release from Jacksonville and subsequent back surgery. Garrard said he intends to prove to Ross that he merits the nod to be the No.1 QB for Miami.

"That's just more fuel for me. It’s somebody else I have to try and prove wrong," Garrard told "The owner is the owner. He can make all of the comments that he wants. I am never going to dispute him, but I'll just let my play on the field go out and show for it."

At the very least, the three-way battle should make for an interesting training camp and preseason in South Florida.

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