The New York Jets cut G.J. Kinne on June 28, 2012. This leaves Greg McElroy and Matt Simms to duke it out as the number three quarterback. McElroy has talent but missed last season due to an injury. Simms is anything but impressive. New York should have kept Kinne.
G. J. Kinne, was signed by the Jets in April 2012. He played for Tulsa and holds several school records. Kinne was not part of the 2012 NFL draft. He showed promise during the Jets' minicamp. I'm not sure if Kinne has enough talent to unseat McElroy, but it is a non-issue at this point. G.J. Kinne was cut on June 28 along with Ray Willis.
Matt Simms is the son of legendary quarterback Phil Simms. Unlike his father, Matt Simms is not starting quarterback material. He could not cut it as a college starter and he did not make the 2012 draft. I don't understand what the Jets see in him. You have to wonder if New York decided to keep Matt Simms over Kinne because of Simms' lineage. Matt certainly is not more talented than Kinne. At least Kinne could handle being a college starter.
Battle for Number Three
Will it be Greg McElroy or Matt Simms as the number three quarterback? Without a doubt, it will be McElroy. Simms does not have the skill set to cut it in the NFL. If the Jets don't cut Simms when they make the mandatory roster cuts--they will send him to the practice squad.
Greg McElroy missed the entire 2011 season due to an injury. He showed promise during the preseason before he injured his hand. McElroy's negative comments back in January 2012 about the Jets locker room situation and his criticism of Mark Sanchez may be the only thing that would cause New York to send him packing. When you compare McElroy to Simms, McElroy is by far the superior quarterback.
The Jets should keep Greg McElroy as the number three quarterback. He has talent and shows promise. Matt Simms on the other hand, has limited skills. The only reason New York would have for keeping Simms over McElroy is politics. It would be to appease Phil Simms.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.