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Jets to look at Leinart, Beck

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Two of the NFL’s quarterback competitions have unexpectedly led to a pair of unemployed quarterbacks.

In Buffalo, Matt Leinart and John Beck emerged on the radar screen after injuries to rookie EJ Manuel (knee) and veteran Kevin Kolb (concussion-like symptoms).  Now, Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Leinart and Beck have landed on the Jets’ radar following a shoulder injury to Mark Sanchez and an abysmal night from rookie Geno Smith.

Via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Jets are bringing in both Leinart and Beck for a look-see.

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman winner, was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft.  He finished 2012 as a backup in Oakland.

Beck entered the league in 2007 as a second-round pick of the Dolphins.  He last played in 2011, with the Redskins; he spent time in 2012 with the Texans.

Buffalo’s interest in both players means that JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 who has been making a much-hyped comeback effort, sits even lower on the call list for both teams.

In January 2013, a report surfaced that the Jets are interested in JaMarcus.  The team quickly shot that possibility down.  At some point, he could be their best available option.

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53 Responses to “Jets to look at Leinart, Beck”
  1. tjacks7 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:01 AM

    Its sad because I read earlier this offseason that the Jets were having a QB competition between Geno, Sanchez, and a Joe Namath cardboard cutout. It looks like the Joe Namath cardboard cutout won.

  2. megaroad1 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:02 AM

    Leinart has absolutely nothing to offer at a NFL level. I doubt he could even play in he CFL.

  3. yanksbills says: Aug 25, 2013 10:02 AM

    If the Pats release Tebow before the Bills get this figured out and he ends up in Buffalo I’m going to kill myself. Seriously.

  4. dcee101 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:03 AM

    I never knew such an assemblage of waste at the QB position could reside st the same team facility. Beck, Sanchize, Gina and Lienart.. From butt fumbles to INT’s this collection is sure to give Ryan an ulcer

  5. tvguy22 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:04 AM

    I think Leinart and Tebow should compete for it, once Tebow is cut from NE.

  6. kw867233 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    Someone should inform the Jets that my cat is also available for a QB tryout

  7. fxg0201 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    Bills, there is Cousins out there, there is Foles out there but you gotta pay up.

  8. ryann252013 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    Are you kidding me? JUST PLAY MCELROY

  9. justsomerandomguy24 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    Im not sure what Geno is going to turn into, but I think we all know Leinart isn’t the answer.

  10. ravishingrickrude says: Aug 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    They’d have better luck with Becky “The Icebox” O’Shea

  11. hippieway says: Aug 25, 2013 10:11 AM

    Didn’t Green Bay just release a QB better than either of these guys, in fact better than any QB the Jets currently have.

  12. doall24 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:11 AM

    how about graham “cracker” harrell?

  13. baddegg says: Aug 25, 2013 10:13 AM

    Not that I think they should do it, but the Redskins could get a # 1 pick for Kirk Cousins right now. Seriously.

    Actually, the Redskins should try to trade the Jets either Pat White or Rex Grossman for a mid-round pick. They can’t keep both of these guys as a 3rd QB…

  14. getyourownname says: Aug 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    So the Jets are now fighting with the Bills over these two.

    Well done, Rex.

  15. Wisconsin77 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    Is anybody really surprised that Geno Smith is failing spectacularly at the NFL level? Didn’t they watch him last year in big games where he failed against good Ds?

  16. captaincanoe says: Aug 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    Send out word: All unemployed QBs are to travel immediately to NY State. A-M go to Buffalo. N-Z go to NYC. That is all.

  17. steelers6rings says: Aug 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    Comical. Funny enough, either one will be an upgrade over Geno/Sanchez. Give McElroy a shot.

  18. beedubyatoo says: Aug 25, 2013 10:22 AM

    Looks like Graham Harrell is available.

  19. dartwick says: Aug 25, 2013 10:28 AM

    Russell to Jets PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. gohawks89 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:38 AM

    brady quin will be available soon……

  21. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Aug 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    Give the guy a break, it was his first start. Geno had some good series with plenty to build upon and signs of a playmaker. Lets focus on & develop that!

  22. abusementland says: Aug 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    Suddenly, Vince Young as a back up doesn’t sound so stupid…

  23. aaronfraudgers says: Aug 25, 2013 10:43 AM

    Jeff George

  24. harry1941 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:43 AM

    Let Geno start. H’s starting to know the system.

  25. turfczar57 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    Has anyone noticed how well Matt Simms has played? Only 1 year in the league so there’s room for growth and after the last 2 years of Sanchez and a shaky start for Smith, how much worse can he be? I say roll with him and see what happens. It’s not like this is a Superbowl year!

  26. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    I couldn’t agree more with this more. Matt Leinart would make the perfect Jet and seamless understudy to Mark Sanchez.

    Love it.

  27. elliottcovert says: Aug 25, 2013 11:03 AM

    Shoulda signed Vince Young while they had the chance…

  28. jpb12 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:11 AM

    If you’re Beck or Leinart – you want to go to Buffalo

  29. jimmysee says: Aug 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    Donavan McNabb on line one.

  30. geefan1 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:19 AM

    Anybody have a current number for Jeff Garcia?

  31. bostonsftl says: Aug 25, 2013 11:29 AM

    What’s Vinny Testaverde up to nowadays?

  32. piratefreedom says: Aug 25, 2013 11:41 AM

    Jets defense looks like it could be very good, the new running backs look good.
    I don’t think they will be drafting Clowney.

    As a Pats fan I revel in NYJ panic though

  33. source7769 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    McElroy had his shot last year hes lucky if he makes this team this yr Simms has played well enough to be someones 3rd qb

  34. wrongwayharrigan says: Aug 25, 2013 11:55 AM

    ….And with all this they won last nite?

  35. EJ says: Aug 25, 2013 11:55 AM

    The Bills will probably sign Beck for the time being, at least until EJ Manuel comes back. All Buffalo needs is someone to soak up some of the preseason snaps for their last game, not a starter, they already have that in Manuel.

  36. baxman89 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    Trade for Hasselbeck.

  37. justlntuckrule says: Aug 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    Not only was this game hard to watch, with both teams playing at their worse. The announcers were horrendous as well. Right around the halfway mark of the 3rd quarter, one guy states that ‘The Wave’ was big in that stadium (different stadium) back in the ’80’s and that ‘kids with parents now are doing the wave’. Maybe he should have said ‘parents with kids now’? At least my team is rebuilding, I just wanted to see the Jets implode. I have no idea what they are doing.

  38. keylimelight says: Aug 25, 2013 12:18 PM

    There’s some very wrong with the Jets GM and HC evidenced by the mad cap and senseless way they are running this franchise.

    The insane decision to put your 8 million dollar QB in behind 3rd stringers leads me to speculate that they don’t want Sanchez around but lack the stones to cut him because of the money.

    Getting him hurt takes care of that little problem. If Sanchez ends up needing surgery and is put on IR, do they save themselves some of the money they agreed to when they gave him that ridiculous extension contract?

    How else can you explain idiocy of this magnitude?

  39. dalcow4 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    It is definitely a two horse race for the #1 pick.

    Jets, Raiders. Those are two bad teams, man.

  40. andrewoneill79 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    They might as well try Simms. They got nothing to lose at this point.

  41. dlk47823 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jet D was dominate. The better team won last night, the media just refuses to talk about it.

  42. giantsfan64 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Wow. John Beck. Matt Leinart. Now we are all scared.

  43. 64post says: Aug 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    There will be 3 more in for tryouts soon, Tolzien, McCoy and Wallace.

  44. heeeeelzfan says: Aug 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Jake Delhomme?

  45. j0esixpack says: Aug 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    Brett Favre

  46. gsomatt says: Aug 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    I still don’t get what everyone thought they saw in Geno Smith.

    There’s wasn’t any rookie starting QB talent in the entire class. If they wanted to pressure Sanchez, do it with a free agent veteran. Don’t waste the 39th overall pick.

  47. gsomatt says: Aug 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    heard from the Jets coaching office:

    ” hey did we keep those #4 jerseys?”

  48. atkins63 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    No different than trying to gauge a QB in ‘practice’…or how well he does playing with 3rd stringers.

  49. cwk22 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    Save the effort on Beck. He was a waste of my Dolphins draft pick. He will just cause the fans to scream in agony when on the field.

  50. stevejjones says: Aug 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    Redskins fans crack me up with the “will trade you Cousins/Grossman/White” for X picks. They are like the kid you used to play Monopoly with who was always trying to sell you Baltic Avenue for Boardwalk price. Keep your property. Everyone gets a free roll next turn to land on some property soon. It’s called the draft. Not to mention all the QBs who will be realeased in coming weeks. Plenty of backups available for bargain prices. Bumper crop of starters in next draft.

  51. moth25 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:39 PM

    There’s that R word again. Maybe you should talk to some Native American leaders to see how they feel about that word.

  52. chazatlas says: Aug 25, 2013 11:37 PM

    Could the Kevin Kolb era in Buffalo be over?!

  53. harry1941 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    Matt Simms looks good, but how is he against good team. I heard Geno Smith didn’t do well against the best teams in school.

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