Garcia comfortable in his backup role

August 24, 2009 7:11:35 PM PDT
The Oakland Raiders are set at quarterback with Jamarcus Russell as the starter and 39-year-old Jeff Garcia at backup.

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Garcia knows his career is winding down, but he also says not to count him out.

"I don't know how much more NFL life I have within me, but it's a year to year thing," said Garcia. "I feel like I can bring some positive things to this team from a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, and hopefully bring strength to the position. Help Jamarcus grow as a player and just add security at the position. I feel like I can still play at a high level and if need be, if I'm given that opportunity, hopefully I can take advantage of it."

Garcia will still scrap for playing time, but he knows he can also mentor Russell and help in his development.

"He's definitely willing and wanting and he comes out here, he has a great attitude very single day. He's taking initiative to be that frontrunner type of guy, and I feel like in the time I've been around him I've seen him grow as a decision-maker and improve himself," said Garcia.

But if the opportunity presents itself, Garcia is ready to roll.

"I understand that I'm not necessarily the appointed leader on the field as far as the starting quarterback, but I know that I can bring a lot to this team."

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