The cheap new york jets jerseys have three new quarterbacks on their current roster -- Geno Smith, Matt Simms and Graham Harrell. And, of course, they still have Mark Sanchez. It would be wrong to assume general manager John Idzik is satisfied and won't make any changes to the depth chart. Don't be surprised if he has another move in the works.
This is a muddled situation because of a couple of variables, namely Sanchez's injured throwing shoulder, which could sideline him a few weeks. The Jets are prepared to start the season with Smith even though he played poorly in less than four quarters of preseason work. Now that Sanchez is banged up, they will rally around the rookie. What choice do they have?
But there's one element missing from this group: An experienced (and healthy) backup willing to groom Smith in a non-competitive situation. The Jets thought they had that guy in David Garrard, but he retired in May because of a chronic knee condition. That really disrupted the master plan. Sanchez could be that experienced backup (and an expensive one, too, at $8.25 million in base pay), but you get the feeling that Idzik doesn't see Sanchez as the mentor type. Obviously, Sanchez still believes he's a starter.
If recent history is any real indication, Geno Smith will throw twice as many interceptions as he will touchdowns on Sunday, en route to a Jets loss to the Bucs. Smith, in all likelihood, will join the ranks of recent quarterbacks who make their first NFL start in Week 1 of their rookie season, and while many of those have gone on to have fine years, their debuts haven’t been so rosy.
In the past decade, 13 quarterbacks have made their first NFL starts in Week 1. The average stat-line from those starts was: 56.6% completion percentage, 214 yards, .77TDs and 1.54 INTs Five of the 13 quarterbacks won their starting debuts.
A counter-example, a rookie who played well in his Week 1 debut, was Mark Sanchez, who began his career in 2009 with a win over the Texans in which he threw for 272 yards with a TD and a pick. Five years later, Sanchez will likely watch from the bench as his presumed successor takes his first NFL snaps.
Clearly, it simply takes time to decipher a quarterback’s ability, whether they start strong or not. John Elway completed just one of eight pass attempts in his Week 1 debut. The Cowboys lost all 11 games Troy Aikman played in in his rookie season.
The Daily News reported Saturday that Rex Ryan and John Idzik were on board with starting Smith back before both quarterbacks got hurt, but regardless, Ryan has no choice but to roll Smith out there against Darrelle Revis & Co.
Ryan was asked last week what he would hope to see out of Smith if he played against the Eagles last Thursday. That didn’t happen — so the work Ryan wanted to see then will have to play out at MetLife on Sunday.
“You look for guys making the improvements, not making the same mistakes, putting the ball in front of receivers, those types of things that he needs to see (and) needs to recognize,” Ryan said, also bringing up Smith’s failure to realize that Justin Tuck dropped into coverage on the play when the defensive lineman picked off the rookie. “Tuck was an example out of that. That is maybe a little unusual, (but) we’re going to see a lot of those, obviously.”
If Smith can’t beat the odds, and is beaten by the Bucs, he won’t have long to recover and make adjustments: the Jets play the Patriots just four days later in New England.
Greg McElroy, who was cut by the new york jets jerseys cheap on Saturday, will fly Monday to join the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, according to a source.
McElroy, who was a 2011 seventh-round draft pick, sent out a message via Twitter thanking the Jets. . . . The Jets made three waiver claims: RB Alex Green from the Packers, T Ben Ijalana from the Colts and LB Scott Soloman from the Titans. The team released RB Kahlil Bell and LB Danny Lansanah and placed LB Josh Mauga (back) on IR.
WR Michael Campbell, LB Troy Davis, DT Tevita Finau, S Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale, T J.B. Shugarts and C Dalton Freeman were added to the practice squad. Lansanah, who impressed throughout training camp and the preseason, would make sense to fill the final practice squad spot, assuming he clears waivers.
In releasing fullback Jacob Hester to make room for special teamer/linebacker Adrian Robinson, Denver Broncos executive John Elway described the weekend's events as a "liquid process."
Cheap jets jerseys running Kahlil Bell is the next to go after the Gang Green has claimed Alex Green off waivers from the Green Bay Packers, per agent Michael Hoffman.
With Mike Goodson suspended four games, Green will add depth behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in Jets coach Rex Ryan's backfield.
The jets jerseys cheap tweaked their roster Sunday, acquiring three recent draft picks on waivers -- including the Green Bay Packers' leading rusher last season.
Running back Alex Green, who rushed for 464 yards, was claimed on waivers even though the Jets appeared to have a solid No. 3 back in Kahlil Bell. Green, a third-round pick in 2011, became expendable due to the emergence of rookie Eddie Lacy.
Green will back up Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets' rebuilt backfield. They also have Mike Goodson, but he's serving a four-game suspension. To make room for Green, the Jets cut Bell, who rushed for a team-high 114 yards and four touchdowns in the preseason.
The Jets also addressed their offensive-line depth, claiming tackle Ben Ijalana, formerly a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Ijalana has played in only four games, having suffered a torn ACL in each of his first two seasons. The Jets have 10 offensive linemen on the roster.
They also claimed former Tennessee Titans defensive end Scott Solomon, who probably will be converted to outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. The former seventh-round pick played in 13 games last season as a rookie, making four tackles.
Linebacker Danny Lansanah was released and linebacker Josh Mauga (back) was placed on injured reserve to create roster space for Ijalana and Solomon.
Former Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, who was waived Saturday, has cleared waivers. His rights reverted to the Jets on their injured-reserve list. He reportedly was on his way to the Cincinnati Bengals to join their practice squad, but he has to negotiate an injury settlement with the Jets before he can sign.
The Jets acquired at least two players on waivers Sunday -- running back Alex Green (Green Bay Packers) and defensive end/outside linebacker Scott Solomon (Tennessee Titans), according to reports.
Green was the Packers' leading rusher last season (434 yards), but he became expendable with the emergence of rookie Eddie Lacy. Green, a third-round pick in 2011, was pedestrian in the preseason, rushing for 71 yards on 21 attempts. His agent tweeted the news that the Jets had claimed him.
This may not well for the Jets' No. 3 back, Kahlil Bell, who had a solid preseason. They also have Mike Goodson, suspended the first four games, waiting in the wings.
Solomon (6-foot-3, 262 pounds) is a hybrid player who was moved to defensive end this season. He was a seventh-round pick in 2012, appearing in 13 games last season but making only four tackles. The Jets now have 11 linebackers -- unless they plan to make him a lineman. He's undersized for the Jets' 3-4 front.