The New York Jets have signed quarterback Jake Heaps to the team as their fifth option at the position. Now with Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and Bryce Petty all on the roster at quarterback, the Jets are heading into training camps with plenty of options at the most important position on the team.
In his collegiate career, he contributed 5,233 yards on 497 passes for 32 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He’s a journeyman that played at Brigham Young, Kansas and Miami so he’s use to playing in different styles of offense. He has a pretty decent football IQ to understand things quickly and execute.
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Heaps has a lot of potential but still needs to work on honing his craft to the next level. He needs coaching and training with his overall mechanics and accuracy when throwing down deep. Since the Jets will more than likely launch a balanced offensive attack next season, Heaps will have to impress many if he’s to secure a roster spot on the Jets.
This summer during regular training camps, Smith is heading into it as the appointed starter as the spots below him are all up for grabs. With Fitzpatrick most likely set as his backup, the third and presumably final spot on the depth chart at quarterback will be a positional battle between Simms, Petty and Heaps.
Petty had an impressive quarterback showing during the Jets’ rookie training camp this past weekend. If he picks up where he left off and continues to impress, he’ll most likely edge out Simms and be a new option to groom down the road for the future.
Overall, Heaps has a big battle ahead of him but anything is possible between now and when the true training camps to earn spots on the roster finally begin.