Matt Simms entered training camp with a slim chance of making the roster. He woke up this morning still on it.

The Jets cut their roster down to 53 players yesterday and the most noteworthy cut was the team waiving quarterback Greg McElroy choosing instead to keep Simms as their potential third-string quarterback.

One surprising wrinkle is the Jets also held onto quarterback Graham Harrell who they just signed Wednesday. Harrell could compete with Simms for that third quarterback spot or the Jets may be just holding onto four until Sanchez recovers from his shoulder injury.

McElroy was drafted by the Jets in the seventh round of the 2011 draft after a standout career at Alabama. McElroy played in two games last season starting one. He entered training camp ahead of Simms on the depth chart but injured his left knee in the Jets’ first preseason game and missed the final three games.

During that time Simms made his move. He showed great arm strength and surprising accuracy. He completed 74.6 percent of his passes this preseason. His training camp was capped off with his performance Thursday night against the Eagles. He completed 33-of-44 passes for 285 yards making it impossible for the Jets to choose McElroy over him.

McElroy was waived with an injury designation.

The team surely will make more cuts today as they add players claimed from other teams so this is by no means the final roster entering the season but a few players that were long shots when camp began did make the cut.