New York Jets Sign Matt Simms

By Christopher Gamble

The New York Jets have added another quarterback to the mix, signing Matt Simms to a contract after bringing him for a workout.  Simms, son of former New York Giants great Phil Simms, played college football at the University of Tennessee.  He played in seven games but made only two starts in 2011 after losing his starting job in 2010 to Tyler Bray.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said of the newest addition to the Jets, “With Simms, the thing that you’re impressed with immediately is how he can throw the football.  I mean he definitely has a great arm.  He can really spin it.  The thing you don’t see is obviously how he is against the rush and all that.”  The 6-3, 212 pound quarterback will be expected to compete with G.J. Kinne and Greg McElroy for the third string quarterback position behind Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

Rex Ryan might love the kid’s arm but Simms has battled inconsistency throughout his college career.  In 2011, he completed only 43.5 percent of his passes, with 3 interceptions and no touchdowns on 62 attempts.  However, in 2010, Simms completed 113 of 195 pass attempts for a 57.9 completion percentage with 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

This move is nothing more than roster filler.  Simms already faces an uphill battle with McElroy having a year of experience under his belt with the Jets, even if most of was spent on IR after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.  Kinne was signed out of Tulsa one hour after the 2012 NFL Draft ended.

I would be very surprised if Simms broke camp with the Jets as their third string quarterback but he does have the physical talent to actually secure the spot as the team’s third string quarterback so I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Rex gave him the opportunity.

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