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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.
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