Analyzing Matt Simms First NFL Start

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Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Simms made his first career NFL start two nights ago, when the Jets took on the Philadelphia Eagles. Overall, it was a very good outing, 33-44 for 285 yards, despite the fact that it took place against backup players. The NFL is still the NFL, it was a good performance.

So, how to pass the time? How about we take a look at how he did? Let’s breakdown Matt’s performance, taking a look at the good and the bad.

FOOTWORK

In spite of what some Tweets had to say the other night, I was quite impressed with Simms’ footwork. He always kept his feet moving. He set his feet nicely on pretty much every throw. He stepped nicely on each throw, unless he was being rushed, and even then he stood in there.

No matter what the pass rush did to him, Simms was able to buy himself enough time to get off a strong throw. He some strong “pops”, but came back for more, clearly passing the “flinch” test. He showed he could stand up to an NFL pass rush, and make strong throws.

ARM STRENGTH

Matt Simms has unquestionable arm strength. Just look at the tape from the other night. There wasn’t a throw that he couldn’t make. The short passes were strong, and the long ones went the distance with ease. Not only did they get there, the majority of them were accurate. Some he did overthrow, but we are talking about arm strength here. No questions about this part of his game.

ACCURACY

He had some mistakes in this area, but for the most part, Matt Simms was dead on. Take a look at this 17 yard completion from early in the game to Michael Campbell. Here I am going to show you the iso on Campbell, from the broadcast.

Here, Michael Campbell is locked up one on one with cornerback. He gets off the line cleanly, and runs a route where he runs down the field, and stops after approximately 15 yards to look over his outside shoulder. Look at where Matt places this ball.

Right on the outside shoulder, where only Campbell can get to it. The defender has no time to react, and the only way he can stop the catch would have been to interfere with Campbell. He didn’t and it was a 17 yard hookup.

Looked accurate to me.

There were many accurate passes on the night, but he had some difficulty because of………….

DROPS

There were a few passes that Matt dropped right on the money, but there were drops, and/or balls that went through the receiver’s hands. The worst one was the deep ball up the right side to Zach Rogers, approximately 30-35 yards downfield. Simms put it where it would have had Rogers perfectly in stride, but instead, this:

The pass was through his hands and incomplete. Simms couldn’t have thrown it any better. This didn’t help Matt’s cause, as did some other drops. There were a couple of surprising fumbles, one from Spadola and one from Reuland as well. 33-44 is a terrific debut, but it could have been even better.

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