New York Jets: Missing Out on Brian Hoyer is Not a Big Deal

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There has been much discussion when it comes to the New York Jets‘ quarterback competition. Prior to selecting Geno Smith in 2013’s NFL Draft, New York was linked to names like Brady Quinn. David Garrard signed, but injury issues led to an early retirement.

One name reportedly drew interest. Brian Hoyer was said to be on the Jets’ radar before signing with the Cleveland Browns. The former Michigan State standout joined the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Hoyer saw limited action his first two seasons while sitting behind some guy named Tom Brady.

Last year, he started one game for the Arizona Cardinals, completing 11 of 19 for 105 yards and one interception. Compared to predecessor Ryan Lindley, Hoyer looked excellent. There is no way to become great simply by watching Brady. The Jets, meanwhile are left to continue their search.

Smith is considered a highly promising prospect. Some believe he will start right away, while others feel he should sit in the beginning and learn. Using this tactic of giving him time may lead to an unpopular result. Mark Sanchez has been the starter over a span of four years. After struggling with turnovers, especially with 52 in his last 31 games, Sanchez has  erased himself from New York’s future plans past 2013.

Their current group has many questions and if the Jets wanted to add another player, there are better options. Although Vince Young has dramatically declined in production, there is a history of success. Young still possesses great speed. Derek Anderson would also present a decent player. I am not saying that either of these two could be a long-term starter, but they are capable of holding down the fort until rookie Geno Smith is ready.

If the Jets do not wish to add another quarterback as other reports suggest, then there will basically be a battle between Smith and Sanchez. Bringing in depth at any position is always a good idea.


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