Found August 30, 2013 on NY Sports 24/7:
In the preseason finale, the New York Jets gave Matt Simms his most extensive NFL action since coming into the league in 2012. Simms played the entire game against the Philadelphia Eagles and left the coaching staff impressed and the fans wanting more. Simms was a mostly unknown commodity when training camp opened in late July. Most Jets fans forgot that Simms was actually with the team last season and played in the team’s last preseason game—also against the Eagles. Even though he is the son of a Super Bowl MVP, Simms’ road to the NFL has been full of bumps and detours. Simms college career began at Louisville in 2008. After attempting just 10 passes in his entire freshman season, Simms transferred to El Camino College in California. He led the Warriors to a national championship and decided afterwards that it was time to go back to Division I college football. In 2010, Simms enrolled at the University of Tennessee. As a junior, Simms threw for 1,460 yards with 8 touchdown passes and 5 interceptions. His uneven play caused him to lose the starting job late in the season. He would not regain the top spot on the depth chart the next year as a senior. With such a nondescript college career, it’s surprising that Simms was looked at by any NFL franchises. Luckily for him, the New York Jets thought he was worth looking at, and he has stuck around ever since. With Thursday night’s game in the books, Simms ends the preseason 44-59 for 478 yards 1 touchdown and no interceptions. While those numbers are impressive, Simms’ play on the field is even more so. He flashes numerous positive signs and shows that he has a lot of tools to work with. He has above average mobility and pocket presence. His accuracy is spot on (74% completion percentage in the preseason) and he has the strongest arm of any of the Jets quarterbacks. With all this being said, his most impressive attribute is his toughest. In the game against the Eagles, Simms was sacked a whopping seven times in the first half. Despite all the hits and punishment, he still had a span in which he completed 25 of 27 passes. No one is suggesting that the Jets name Matt Simms their week one starter. Amid all his successes, it is important to remember that he was playing against a lot of backups and 3rd stringers. However, it is apparent that Simms has beaten out the incumbent Greg McElroy for the 3rd string quarterback job. Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess. Even though the odds are stacked against Matt Simms ever being more than a backup, there is a small chance that the Jets may have found something special.

New York Jets begin cutting roster to 53

The New York Jets defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 in their final preseason game. Matt Simms, son of Giant great Phill Simms, is doing all he can to make the Jets roster. Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith both sat out of Thursday night’s game along with most of the other Jets starters. For the rest of the Jet players, Thursday night was a chance to prove to coaches they belong...

Matt Simms could win a roster spot with the Jets

Sometimes in the NFL, you have to be at the right place at the right time. It seems Jets quarterback Matt Simms has positioned himself at just that perfect place at the perfect moment, and in doing so, he’ll have a game to show the New York Jets he can help the team. Simms, who would normally play very little for the Jets even in preseason play, will be the beneficiary of three...

Jets release Greg McElroy in favor of Matt Simms

It looks like the New York Jets are looking to get younger at the quarterback position.  They decided to release quarterback Greg McElroy in favor of Matt Simms. A few minutes ago, #Jets released backup and former #Bama star Greg McElroy, source says. Had served as Geno Smith's mentor for months. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2013 Simms had a very impressive preseason...

Ryan: Simms has been ‘absolutely outstanding’

The Jets have until today at 6 p.m. to get their roster down to 53 players. The most interesting question right now revolves around the No. 3 quarterback spot. Matt Simms completed 33-of-44 passes for 285 yards on Thursday night against the Eagles. Was it enough to secure him the third-string job over Greg McElroy? Jets coach Rex Ryan raved about Simms yesterday. “Oh my goodness”...

New York Jets Fans – Give Us The Next Guy!

If you want to be a popular quarterback with New York Jets fans, your best best is to slide as far down the depth chart as possible. We know the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy in town but here with the Jets, the third and fourth stringers have truly become the belles of the ball. After playing a respectable fourth quarter and overtime in last week’s pre-season...

Matt Simms ads to his father's QB legacy

With New York Jets' quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy hobbled by injuries, second year gunslinger Matt Simms has made a strong case this preseason to be the team's backup quarterback to start the 2013 regular season.

Simms impressive as Jets top Eagles 27-20

Matt Simms, competing for the Jets' No. 3 quarterback job, led four scoring drives and Kahlil Bell had two touchdown runs and New York beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 in the teams' preseason finale Thursday night. With the Jets' quarterback competition still uncertain, Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez didn't play. But Simms certainly showed he might deserve to stick...

Preseason Preview Jets v. Eagles: Who will fly?

Leave it to the Jets to put excitement into preseason games, especially the fourth preseason game, which is usually a battle between the backups. The roster needs to be cut down to the final 53 by Saturday night.WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m. EST (TV-WCBS, Radio-ESPN New York 98.7FM)WHERE: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJWHAT TO WATCH FOR:-  Matt Simms will start...

Simms, Bell make strong cases for Jets' roster

BY NICK ST. DENISThe stage was set for Matt Simms and Kahlil Bell. It was a small stage by normal standards, but a big one for the two New York Jet reserves.With quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy sidelined to injury and rookie Geno Smith kept away for insurance, the runway was clear for Simms Thursday night in the Jets' preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles...

Jets beat Eagles in back-up bowl to finish off preseason

With most of the starters getting the night off, including quarterbacks Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez, the Jets won the "Back-up Bowl," 27-20, on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.A rough first series aside, quarterback Matt Simms did a lot to improve his roster stock against the Eagles' back-ups, going 33-44 with 285 yards, the most by...

5 things we know about Jets, Eagles from preseason

For a team trying to decide on a starting quarterback, Matt Simms sure looked pretty good for the New York Jets. It came against the Philadelphia Eagles' backups, of course. And, Simms doesn't even know if he'll still be on the roster after this weekend. While Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith wait for Rex Ryan and the Jets to select a starter, Simms made a strong case to...

Jets cut Greg McElroy

Although the Jets have not made any official announcements regarding cuts, it appears Greg McElroy will be released when the roster is trimmed down to its 53-man limit, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.McElroy, a seventh round draft pick out of Alabama in 2011, will be replaced by Matt Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms and undrafted free agent out of the...
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