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.