The Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick last month, adding him to a quarterback depth chart that already featured Geno Smith and Matt Simms.
Fitzpatrick is still rehabbing the broken leg that ended his 2014 season, which will likely keep him limited until training camp. If things work out the way the Jets hope, there will be another quarterback involved in the team’s offseason work leading up to camp. During a conference call with season ticket holders on Thursday, coach Todd Bowles revealed the team’s plan at the position.
“Ryan’s going to compete, as well as Geno’s going to compete,” Bowles said, via NJ.com. “And we hope to add somebody else to help compete with that along with Simms.”
Given the paltry pickings available in free agency, the draft would seem to be the likeliest route to acquire such a player.
The Jets have been doing their homework on top draft prospects Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but both may be off the board before they are on the clock with the sixth pick of the first round. A trade up remains a possibility or the Jets could opt to use a later round pick on Bryce Petty of Baylor, Brett Hundley of UCLA or another quarterback as they continue their search for a long-term answer at the position.