Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Simms (#9) and McElroy discussing the offense with Mark Sanchez and Tony Sparano
The Jets will probably only carry three quarterbacks on their roster. Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are without a doubt numbers one and two on the depth chart, respectively.
With the starters resting when the Jets travel to Philadelphia for the fourth preseason game, the battle for the third quarterback spot will be the main attraction Thursday night.
Though he spent most of last season on injured reserve, Greg McElroy is the incumbent backup, and it appears to be his spot to lose. The pro-McElroy argument is the team spent a draft pick on him (albeit a 7th rounder) and that having been a member of the team for a year, he is more familiar with the offense than Simms.
McElroy saw time in the Jets first preseason game, completing four of six attempts for 49 yards, but also took three sacks.
The Jets signed Matt Simms after bringing him in for a tryout in May. Simms has the arm of a pro quarterback and the NFL pedigree with his father, Giants QB Phil Simms, but he faces an uphill battle in securing a roster spot.
Whoever has the more impressive showing against the Eagles will likely land the third quarterback slot and send the other one packing.