Today the New York Jets made significant roster cuts to get down to a 53-man squad. Among those players cut was third string QB Matt Simms.
I must say, I was a bit surprised about this move. Simms had been with the team two years when they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Last season Simms served as QB Geno Smith’s backup and even relieved Smith for an entire game because of his poor performance against the New England Patriots when he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. Quarterback coach David Lee also praised Simm’s continued improvement during this year’s training camp saying, “Matt Simms has improved as much as any guy I think I can ever remember coaching (from ESPN).” Well I guess even though Simms improved, he wasn’t up to the level that the Jets wanted him to be.
With Simms gone, the Jets only have two QBs on the roster: Smith and Michael Vick. Considering Vick’s injury history, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have only two QBs. Simms was given the chance to come the backup QB partly because other options, such as Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy, suffered injuries. Three QBs is usually a nice cushion for any team to have, given the game’s injury risk. Although the NFL has instilled many new rules to protect the QB, the guy can still get hurt, and a new set of downs as a penalty reward isn’t enough to cure him in an instant.
I think QB Terrelle Pryor would be a great addition to the team as a third string quarterback. Pryor was released by the Seattle Seahawks yesterday after being acquired earlier this year in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick from the Oakland Raiders. But the price would have to be right. The St. Louis Rams are a potential high bidder for Pryor since QB Sam Bradford reinjured his knee this preseason. They could definitely inflate the price for Pryor, who appeared in 11 games with nine starts last year for the Raiders. However, if the opportunity is there, acquiring Pryor would be a smart move.