With Mark Sanchez locked in as the starting quarterback and Mark Brunell secure as the No. 2, the New York Jets don’t have much use for Kellen Clemens.
So Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that when the Jets gave Clemens ample playing time in the preseason opener, it wasn’t about getting him reps with the Jets’ receivers. It was about showcasing him for a trade.
The Jets tried to trade Clemens before the draft and couldn’t find a team that wanted him, and they’re still trying. Clemens understands that all he can be as long as he’s with the Jets is a third-stringer.
“As far as I know, the No. 1 and 2 spots are pretty locked up,” Clemens said.
And the trade talk is the latest sign that the No. 3 spot may go to Kevin O’Connell, and that the Jets’ 2006 second-round pick is on the way out.