5 QBs Rumored to Start For N.Y. Jets in 2016
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite finishing second in the AFC East and barely missing out on the playoffs, the N.Y. Jets are on the lookout for another quarterback.
We thought we’d take a quick offseason look at which quarterbacks could be wearing green and white next season.
But let us make this perfectly clear – it’s quite possible they’ll be looking for yet another QB to lead their team in 2017.
It’s just how they dooz it!
5 QBs Rumored to Play For the Jets in 2016
This list isn’t exhaustive (technically, every free-agent quarterback and eligible draftee is a possibility!), but it should give Jets fans an idea of what they might be looking forward to this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Free Agent
The current free agent is coming off the best season of his career, throwing for career-highs in yards (3,905) and touchdowns (31), while leading the Jets to a 10-6 record.
So in true Jets fashion – they are letting the free agent dangle in the wind.
Sure, he’s 33 years old, but he did lead Todd Bowles’ new offense to its highest ranking (11th) since Brett Favre was at the helm in 2008 (ninth). Heck, outside of that season, the Jets haven’t had an offense ranked higher than ninth since Vinny Testaverde performed his magic in 1998.
In one of those thanks-but-no-thanks endorsements, Brandon Marshall said Fitzy “better be” the Jets QB in 2016. This was on Tuesday, the same day Marshall’s trial about allegedly punching a woman in the face began.
The Jets and their quarterback are at a stalemate in contract negotiations.
Geno Smith, N.Y. Jets
Outside of the former West Virginia star getting his jaw broke by a teammate about some money the QB owes, Smith should be ready to start in Week 1 if the Jets don’t bring back Fitzpatrick.
When asked for a comment about his broken jaw, Smith reportedly didn’t say, “Mmmmfff ffmmmbiff, flllfmm.”
He was the second quarterback drafted in 2013, one round behind first-round E.J. Manuel, and one round ahead of Mike Glennon, with Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib and Landry Jones in the fourth round. (What a set of turd QBs that year!)
The Jets don’t have great luck – which means Smith could be under center to start 2016 once again.
Paxton Lynch, Memphis Tigers
Speaking of the NFL Draft – Lynch was ranked third among quarterback prospects by ESPN’s Todd McShay earlier this week. Lynch is 6-foot-7, and when he’s not swatting away low-flying airplanes, he’s visiting the Jets at their Florham Park offices.
Lynch has a beast body, and he was even a dual-threat quarterback reportedly in high school, but that big body is going to need some protection. Unfortunately, the Jets offensive line ranked 26th in 2015 by ProFootballFocus.com.
Over the past 30 years, the Jets have drafted two quarterbacks in the first round – Chad Pennington (2000) and Mark Sanchez (2009). The latter started 15 games for the Jets, helping them reach the AFC Conference Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State Nittany Lions
In that same list of NFL quarterback prospects, Hackenburg ranks fifth by McShay, and some are pegging him as a possibility late in the first or down into the third round. The Nittany Lions’ all-time passing leader was brought in by the Jets this week, as well.
While many compare him to a young Jay Cutler, the 6-foot-4 gunslinger has a power arm – and the questionable field awareness to boot!
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
As the world turns around Kaepernick’s possible trade to Denver, the Jets might still be in play here as a trade destination. Unfortunately, Kaep is coming off of a trio of surgeries that fixed his shoulder, knee and thumb. If only they had a surgery to fix his ability on the field!
Defenses have finally caught up to read-option quarterbacks, making Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III “former superstars,” rather than just superstars.
Depending on the trade costs, Kaepernick would at least bring a resume that includes taking his team to the Super Bowl once.
What quarterback are you hoping to see wearing green and white for the Jets in 2016?
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