Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Simms to Start Thursday Night for the New York Jets


It looks like I am going to get my wish, at least for one night.

Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy are banged up. We know about Mark’s injury obviously, and McElroy, according to Brian Costello of the NY Post, re-injured his knee, reported as a mild knee sprain. With that, combined with the fact that Geno Smith is likely to sit, and Matt Simms gets the start against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The McElroy injury is what likely brought on the signing of Graham Harrell. Harrell should be the backup to Matt Simms tomorrow night. This should be Simms’ chance to shine, and if he plays well, it could be the end of the Greg McElroy era with the New York Jets.

You guys know how I feel on this personally. I think that Simms should get a chance to play in the regular season, but that is not likely to happen. So, Simms gets his chance to hang on to the third string job.

You can see Matt Simms at Metlife Stadium by purchasing Jets tickets here. Tickets begin for as low as $10 and you can grab lower level seating for only $46. It’s a great opportunity to see a young quarterback who could get some playing time this regular season if Sanchez and Smith can’t remain healthy.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that there is no way Simms is the starting QB. I believe Idzik when he says it’s an open competition. Last year they took their sweet time in Seattle before settling on Russell. He was far from a lock to start week one but managed to pull it off. If Simms lights it up in this game they may find a reason why he should start, namely, well everyone else is hurt, etc.There is a whole list of QBs that came out of nowhere to shine in the NFL. Let’s hope that fortune shines on us for a change.

    • TheJetPress

      That would be nice Frank

  • Paul Newbold

    Here we go, into the final preseason game with no clear starter. They sign a virtually unknown quarterback, the rookie isn’t ready, last year’s starter is hurt, the third stringer is hurt and they start Simms. I smell the makings of a QB controversy! The media will have a fiesta! Good grief! The things Jet fans must endure!

    • TheJetPress

      It’s not easy being us

    • Frank Antonelli

      It’s always darkest before the light appears!