The New York Jets signed quarterback Graham Harrell for depth going into Thursday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. With Mark Sanchez on the shelf, the Jets won't risk playing Geno Smith on Thursday night. Greg McElroy is already banged up, so that left the team with one truly healthy quarterback in Matt Simms. Simms will get the start on Thursday.
The New York Jets will start either Mark Sanchez or Matt Simms against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the regular season starts. The starting nod will ultimately be decided by the health of Mark Sanchez. The battle for the third spot behind those two is also cloudy, given the uncertainty surrounding Greg McElroy. McElroy fits the role of a third-string quarterback perfectly, but his health is an issue.
Matt Simms has been a nice surprise in training camp and figures to be in close competition with Greg McElroy at this point. He will get the start Thursday night. Graham Harrell is the newest member of a crowded quarterback room, but doesn't look to be a real factor. The Harrell signing is likely just a way for the Jets to ensure depth in case of an injury to Simms tomorrow night. The team still needs to evaluate players on the edge of the roster, and having a professional quarterback to run the offense is necessary to truly evaluate the pieces around him.
Graham Harrell cleared waivers on Tuesday after being waived by the Green Bay Packers. With experience in a West Coast system, he can come in and immediately be serviceable enough to run the offense and allow the Jets to evaluate the offensive players active for tomorrow's game. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports first reported the signing.
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