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New York Jets Will Work Out Matt Leinart and John Beck

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[Edit by John B, 08/25/13 6:22 PM EDT ] Scratch Leinart off the list. He signed with the Bills.


In the wake of Mark Sanchez's injury last night, the Jets are bringing in veteran quarterbacks Matt Leinart and John Beck for a look.'s Gil Brandt said Sunday morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the New York Jets also will work out Matt Leinart and John Beck, per the show's co-host, Ralph Vacchiano.

Both players were touted coming out of college but failed to live up to high Draft status.

As you might remember, there was buzz the Jets were going to take Leinart with the fourth pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Instead they went with D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Let's just say that was a good decision. Leinart has bounced around for three teams and posted a 57.1% career completion percentage, averaged 6.3 yards per pass, and thrown 15 touchdowns against 21 interceptions in his career. Like Mark Sanchez, Leinart is a USC alum.

Beck was a 2007 second round pick by the Dolphins out of BYU. He has bounced around with four teams in his career and has a average of under 6 yards per pass in 9 career starts with a 58.6% completion percentage, and 3 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.

I get that the Jets need to leave no stone unturned. Working these guys out can't hurt, but I'd like to see them stay away. These are not viable placeholders for Geno Smith. I'm unconvinced they are better than Greg McElroy or Matt Simms at this point.

In any event, this might speak to some concern about Mark Sanchez's status.