As reported by Manish Mehta on Twitter earlier today, the New York Jets conducted a pre-draft visit with Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage. To those who will start questioning the faith the Jets have in current quarterbacks Geno Smith, Michael Vick, and Matt Simms need to understand that this is simply apart of the process, and the Jets are merely doing their due diligence.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 29, 2014
Savage is projected to be a second round pick and is considered to be a QB in need of development. Savage is a big strong armed gun slinging quarterback but has had his issues with accuracy. Furthermore, there is concern as to his college career, in perticular the fact that he played for two other schools before finally landing in Pittsburgh. Teams may see this as a lack of commitment but if he can convince teams that there was legitimate reason for the transfers he could have a bright future in the NFL.
The Jets also brought in Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd who is projected to be a late round draft pick to potentially an undrafted free agent. It is more than likely that the Jets are looking for depth and a chance to further the quarterback competition by finding value in the later rounds. While Savage is projected in the second round there could be a scenario that he drops out of the second and into the later rounds. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Jets will need a rookie quarterback, whether drafted or undrafted, to throw the football at rookie training camp.