Simms May See Increased First Team Reps

Tom Szczerbowski

Will we see a new Jets starting QB soon?

Barring injury, Geno Smith is going to start at QB for the New York Jets this week against the Baltimore Ravens, despite being benched on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.   However, it looks increasingly possible that if Geno continues to struggle, his starting days may be numbered.  As reported by the Daily News, head coach Rex Ryan is now contemplating getting backup QB Matt Simms more first-team reps at practice.

In mopup duty on Sunday against the Bills, against a prevent defense, Simms was able to complete 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.  That touchdown came against a soft prevent defense in garbage time.  And Simms threw a near certain red zone interception into triple coverage that was dropped by a Bills defender.  Still, in 1 quarter of mopup duty Simms managed to match the number of TDs Smith has thrown in his last 5 games combined.

Simms, a 2012 undrafted free agent with a strong arm, opened some eyes with a stellar preseason, albeit against players who mostly would never see a regular season defensive snap.  In limited action through three preseason games, Simms completed 74.5 percent of his passes for 478 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Simms was a bad college QB.  It's very likely if he's given the chance he will prove to be a bad pro QB.  Very few thought he would ever get that chance.  But it appears increasingly likely that his time just might be approaching.  Ryan is fighting for a playoff berth and for his future, and the first cracks in his patience with Geno's development are beginning to show.  Should Smith put together another terrible performance or two, perhaps there will be a new Simms as the starting QB for a New York football team.  Ready or not, Simms' time may be near.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker