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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.

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18 Responses to “Matt Simms makes the most of his Jets tryout”
  1. dietrich43 says: May 6, 2012 10:40 PM

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

  2. Gordon says: May 6, 2012 10:43 PM

    He’ll definitely be a good little foot soldier. I wish him luck.

  3. Soulman45 says: May 6, 2012 10:47 PM

    Would someone tell me who have a bad rookie camp?

  4. blacknole08 says: May 6, 2012 10:50 PM

    He played horribly at Tennessee. Its laughable if he even makes a UFL roster.

  5. ctiggs says: May 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    Desmond Howard doesn’t like this pick up.

  6. tfbuckfutter says: May 6, 2012 11:37 PM

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

  7. mhohmann says: May 6, 2012 11:37 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabergasted.

  8. vincentbojackson says: May 6, 2012 11:44 PM

    5 QB’s on the roster and not a bona-fide starter among them.

  9. going4iton4th says: May 7, 2012 12:05 AM

    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!

  10. jenniferxxx says: May 7, 2012 6:06 AM

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

  11. wherezwaldo says: May 7, 2012 6:42 AM

    denver broncos 2.0

  12. jeziyo247 says: May 7, 2012 6:45 AM

    The jets are gonna go into the pre-season with five QBs competing for the starting job, anyone could win it

  13. rajbais says: May 7, 2012 7:26 AM

    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!!!!

  14. warrenmoon says: May 7, 2012 7:29 AM

    Couldn’t be any worse than Sanchez could he?

  15. jimbo75025 says: May 7, 2012 7:46 AM

    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!

    ________________

    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.

  16. exibitsman says: May 7, 2012 7:57 AM

    mybe the jets will keep 4 QBs on the 53man rooster

  17. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2012 8:07 AM

    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.

  18. tilafoo says: May 7, 2012 8:32 AM

    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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