New York Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy will be active this week for the first time in his NFL career, as the Jets have made Tim Tebow inactive due to his slower than anticipated recovery from his injured ribs.
McElroy, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, missed all of his rookie season after undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand, and has been a healthy inactive as the third-string quarterback all season until today.
The 4-7 Jets are hosting the 4-7 Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium this week, and while the Jets have promoted their third-string quarterback, it’s nothing compared to the Cardinals’ quarterback situation.
Yes, believe it or not, Mark Sanchez might be the best quarterback on the field this week by default. The Cardinals are starting third-stringer Ryan Lindley due to injuries and incompetence from their other two signal callers.
While Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t been shy about benching his highly-paid quarterback, Kevin Kolb, Jets coach Rex Ryan has been steadfast about sticking with Mark Sanchez, for better or for worse.
The Jets haven’t entertained the thought of benching Sanchez for Tebow, so it’s even less likely that they would sit him down for Greg McElroy. The only way McElroy gets on the field today is if there’s a blowout, or an injury.
Some Jets fans have been vocal about wanting to see the 24-year-old McElroy get his shot. A former national champion at Alabama, McElroy fell to the seventh-round due to a weak throwing arm, more than anything.
Of course, no one is more popular than the backup quarterback when the starter is struggling. It’s no different in New York. Barring something unexpected, it will be Sanchez the rest of the way for the Jets.