Matt Simms may have played his way onto the Jets last night ... if he can walk this morning. The quarterback made his case to be the team’s third-string quarterback after completing 33-of-44 for 285 yards in a 27-20 win over the Eagles at MetLife Stadium in the Jets’ preseason finale. We’ll find out in the coming days if the Jets’ brass feel Simms showed enough to get a roster spot over Greg McElroy who did not play because of a left knee injury he aggravated in practice this week. The only problem for Simms may be how sore he is today after getting sacked seven times behind a porous offensive line consisting of almost all backups. After a rocky start Simms was unbelievably accurate. He completed 25-of-27 passes during one stretch. “It’s been coming on” coach Rex Ryan said of Simms’ night. “You saw the improvement. He made some great strides through training camp. ... Some guys it just takes a little longer with. Man it’s good to see. He’s a smart kid and has great pedigree and a local product. It was really great to see him get the opportunity and take advantage of it.” The son of Giants legend Phil Simms Matt made his first professional start last night and played the entire game. Rookie Geno Smith the Jets’ likely Week 1 starter did not play in the game. Mark Sanchez is out with a shoulder injury. General manager John Idzik and Ryan now must decide whether Simms makes the cut. They will cut 22 players by tomorrow at 6 p.m. to get the roster to 53. “I just know that I went out there and played as hard as I could” Simms said. “I laid it all on the line and we’ll see where that takes me.” Whoever is chosen between Simms and McElroy could be the Jets’ backup quarterback against the Buccaneers on Sept. 8. The Jets remain unsure if Sanchez will be able to play in that game. He still has not thrown a football and with each passing day the chances he’ll play are decreasing. A source said the most optimistic timeline the Jets have been given on Sanchez is he could play in Week 1 but it depends on how quickly Sanchez can begin throwing again.
Simms makes case to be Jets’ third-stringer
New York Post | Aug 30