Matt Simms makes the most of his Jets tryout

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The Jets have a new backup quarterback.  Or maybe a backup personal punt protector.

Matt Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, has parlayed a rookie minicamp tryout into a roster spot, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

“With Simms, the thing that you’re impressed with immediately is how he can throw the football,” coach Rex Ryan said Saturday, via Cimini.  “I mean, he definitely has a great arm.  He can really spin it.  The thing you don’t see is, obviously, how he is against the rush and all that.

“I followed him.  I knew he was at Tennessee.  Kind of had ups and downs when he was there.  But the kid has the arm talent.  Obviously he’s got the pedigree.”

The son of Simms becomes the team’s fifth quarterback, joining Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and G.J. Kinne.  With offseason rosters now at 90, it’s not much of a surprise that a team would opt to carry five quarterbacks — especially when one of them will be a jack of many trades.

Still, it’ll be a shock if Matt Simms makes it onto the 53-man roster.  If he does, the Jets-Patriots rivalry will take on a new dynamic, given that former NFL quarterback Chris Simms is now an assistant coach in New England.

18 responses to “Matt Simms makes the most of his Jets tryout

  1. I heard he really put his best foot forward at his tryout and didn’t have a laissez faire attitude.

  2. “With Simms, the thing that you’re impressed with immediately is how he can throw the football,”
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    Simms 1 Tebow 0

  3. Tennessee Vol fan here–as a starting QB Matt was OK…I don’t think a fair assessment can be given of Matt because our program has been bad for the last few years (bad offensive line and virtually no running game to speak of). I can see Matt making a practice squad but a starter/backup NFL QB? I don’t see it in the cards for him. The Simms name can take you a long way, as anyone can see!

  4. The Jets are hungry for anything ‘NY Giants’. They probably swipe jerseys from the locker room after the Giants practice.

  5. Beat out Greg McElroy!!!!!
    Beat out Greg McElroy!!!!!
    Beat out Greg McElroy!!!!!

    Sorry, but he had no right to mouth off after the regular season!!!! If he did that and proclaimed that he’d be better than Cam Newton then he deserves to fall flat on his face!!!!

  6. I can see Matt making a practice squad but a starter/backup NFL QB? I don’t see it in the cards for him. The Simms name can take you a long way, as anyone can see!

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    Matt did not even last long as a starter at UT-he was dumped for Bray as soon as he was ready to go. The start of last season Bray was putting up big numbers before he (and the receiving corps) went down that pushed Simms back into action. He never impressed me at all at UT.

  7. Rex is full of more sh_t than a Christmas turkey.

    Juxtaapose the Super Bowl winning coach, Tom Coughlin, and Rex. Coughlin is under the radar but Rex never shuts up.

  8. going4iton4th couldn’t have said it better. Just like his older brother, this Simms kid got where he is because of his name and def not his skills. They are both crappy QBs. Time to fall back on that degree.

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