A great uncertainty exists when trying to determine the New York Jets’ future at quarterback. Among all of the discussion prior to last season regarding Mark Sanchez’s progression and Tim Tebow’s ability to push him, there was terrible production on the field. While it did make for interesting TV, it was a disaster. Lost among all of this became former Alabama signal caller Greg McElroy. A segment of fans believed in McEloy’s potential to be a hidden gem in the NFL Draft like Tom Brady.
As a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Draft, McElroy was viewed as a developmental player. He displayed the ability to function as a game manager. While he lacks elite arm strength, McElroy demonstrated solid decision making. The surrounding cast needs to be full of explosive playmakers for him to be successful. Obviously, this is not the case for the Jets.
In his one career start McElroy sustained 11 sacks and a concussion. This should mostly be blamed on struggles of the offensive line. It could, however, also speak trouble with mobility in the pocket. An open quarterback competition will take place.
Incumbent starter Mark Sanchez will likely battle David Garrard, among others. Tim Tebow is expected to be released after the Draft. Former Tennessee player Matt Simms is on the roster, but it is hard to envision him being a major part of this process. A starting caliber talent should and likely will be added. McEloy’s cost effective contract makes him appealing to keep on the roster. If he gets a real chance to win the starting job, it would be interesting to see if he can rise to the occasion.