Ranking every NY Jets starting quarterback since 1990

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18. Brooks Bollinger, QB, NY Jets

Brooks Bollinger was unexpectedly thrust into action in 2005 following injuries to both Chad Pennington and Jay Fielder — the latter of which never started a game for the Jets, so you won't find him on this list.

Bollinger was quickly replaced by the returning Vinny Testaverde before head coach Herman Edwards handed the job back to the former sixth-round pick.

2005 was a difficult year for the Jets, and Bollinger performed about as well as you'd expect a sixth-round third-string to perform. He finished the year with seven touchdowns and six interceptions, going 2-7 as a starter. The Jets finished 4-12, and Edwards was sent packing to Kansas City.

17. Quincy Carter, QB, NY Jets

Quincy Carter started just three games with the Jets in 2004, but he played well enough that he deserves to be ranked ahead of some of the others on this list.

Carter filled in for the injured Chad Pennington, leading the Jets to two wins in three starts. He nearly pulled off the win in his first start against the very talented Baltimore Ravens team as well.

Carter's Jets career finished with three touchdowns, one interception, and a 60 percent completion percentage. More importantly, their two wins with Carter helped earn the Jets a playoff appearance. He helped hold down the fort while Pennington was sidelined.

16. Kellen Clemens, QB, NY Jets

One of the less-talked-about Jets quarterback draft busts, Kellen Clemens started nine games for the team, with eight of those coming in 2007. Originally filling in for the injured Chad Pennington — an all-too-frequent trend — Clemens was actually named the starter even upon Pennington's return.

The former second-round pick didn't exactly make the most of his opportunity, throwing five touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight starts. The Jets flip-flopped him and Pennington for the remainder of the year.

That was Clemens' only opportunity to prove himself as a potential starter in New York. He'd start one final game in 2009, filling in for the injured Mark Sanchez, and that would essentially be it for Clemens' Jets career.

Credit to him, though, he did manage to carve out a 12-year NFL career. That has to count for something.