New York Jets add Graham Harrell to QB scrapheap

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Graham Harrell
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Amidst one of the ugliest quarterback situations in the NFL, the New York Jets added another subpar passer to the mix on Wednesday when they signed recently-cut Graham Harrell.

Formerly of the Green Bay Packers, Harrell has been a disappointment since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech. Expected to take over as Aaron Rodgers’ main backup, he was never able to develop into the quality No. 2 the Packers were looking for when they added him.

So far this preseason, Harrell has done nothing to prove that he’s taken strides as an NFL passer. In three appearances with the Packers, the former Red Raider completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 169 yards and one interception. Harrell also took two sacks and ended his 2013 preseason stint in Green Bay with a 54.6 passer rating.

Now with the Jets, Harrell will provide some depth at quarterback for Gang Green’s final preseason bout. With Mark Sanchez injured, Geno Smith being preserved and Greg McElroy suffering from a recent knee injury, Harrell will simply support starter Matt Simms. Chances are he won’t even see too much playing time – if any – against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Beyond that, don’t expect Harrell to stick around for long.

At this point, the Jets are just using him for depth at quarterback with McElroy injured. Once the final preseason game is over and the final roster cut occurs, expect Harrell to be back on the streets.

Harrell was a castoff in Green Bay. Soon he’ll be a Gang Green castoff as well.

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