New York Jets’ Matt Simms on Ryan Spadola

By Alan Schechter

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

During training camp, some have observed that the best arm of any of the quarterbacks belongs to Matt Simms. Heck, maybe the team would be best off by forgetting about Geno and Mark, and letting Matt Simms play. It will never happen, it’s just a thought, but I digress…..

Simms and Ryan Spadola had a nice connection going last night, connecting on a 70 yard pass that set up the game-winning field goal, and a 22 yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to put the Jets ahead. Simms talked about both of those plays last night, the first one being the fourth quarter TD:

Technically I wasn’t really supposed to throw that, but Ryan did a great job catching in the back window like that. That was one of those things, it was either going to be a great throw or a really bad decision. So, I’m happy it worked out well.

And here is Matt on the play that set up the game winner:

That play, just a scramble drill. Run out of the pocket and make something happen. Luckily I put enough juice on the ball for Spadola to come back and catch it. He did a great job coming back and making a great play after the catch as well.

I love the confidence that Simms has in Spadola. It’s great to have a guy that you can just heave it down the field to, and feel good about the chances of the ball being caught. The fact that Spadola caught a TD pass on a play where Simms shouldn’t have thrown the football, shows an ability to adjust to help the quarterback. It’s the same with the OT play. WR’s need to be able to come back to the ball and help a scrambling QB. Spadola does that, and that is why he should make this football team.