Greg McElroy was the biggest name among the players released. McElroy, the seventh-round draft choice in 2011, was released with an injury.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN originally reported the news:
The Jets have released QB Greg McElroy, paving the way for Matt Simms to make the 53-man roster, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 31, 2013
In a preseason where all of New York's quarterbacks struggled to separate from the pack, Simms played the entire fourth game and impressed. He completed 33 of 44 passes for 285 yards and didn't have any turnovers.
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Apparently, it was enough to convince the Jets' coaching staff to elect to keep him over McElroy. Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez will remain ahead of him on the depth chart for now, but the team's quarterback situation is far from settled.
The Jets drafted McElroy in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He found his way into the lineup last season, but didn't nothing to suggest he was the team's quarterback of the future. The same was true during this year's preseason.
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta outlines an alternative career path that might be available to McElroy:
Greg McElroy's next move? How about this: I'm told ESPN has already reached out to him to be a part of College GameDay broadcast team #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 31, 2013
He could land with another team simply looking for some quarterback depth, either now or when an injury arises over the course of the season. But he will struggle to make a major impact.
As for Simms, the fact of the matter is any quarterback on the Jets roster warrants attention.
Smith, who the team drafted in the second round, looked unprepared for the speed of the NFL during the preseason. But he may be forced into action right away because Sanchez is dealing with a shoulder injury that is likely keep him out for Week 1. Graham Harrell seems like a non-factor.
So, barring more roster changes before next Sunday's opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Simms will handle backup duties. At that point, he's potentially one hit away from getting onto the field for a Jets team still searching for answers under center.
How the situation will play out over the next four months is up in the air, put it appears Simms moved himself one step closer to seeing regular-season action.