The Jets saw both of their quarterbacks get dinged in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, which led them to start making calls to see what quarterbacks might be available if they need a reinforcement at the position.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, those calls won’t include one to former Texans starter Ryan Mallett. Mallett was acquired by Houston in a trade when current Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan was in the Texans front office, but Schefter reports the team will be looking elsewhere.
Mallett was released by the Texans last week after missing a team flight to Miami and there were reports that Mallett was frequently late during his time in Houston, so this weekend’s clock change makes him an even riskier proposition.
Fitzpatrick will have an MRI on the torn ligaments in his left thumb on Monday and Smith, who hurt his left shoulder and abdomen, said he felt “pretty confident” that he’ll be able to play next Sunday after the game.
Should the Jets determine they need outside help, they might look to former coach Rex Ryan’s Bills roster and make a run at Josh Johnson. Johnson spent a short time with the team during the preseason while Smith was recovering from his broken jaw.