After an IR season for Mark Sanchez, and an up and down season from Geno Smith, the Jets have no choice but to look at QBs during the offseason. GM John Idzik and HC Rex Ryan held their final press conference on Tuesday to answer all questions regarding the current status of the team.
According to multiple unofficial reports, Sanchez is expected to be released by the team. Mark is expected to make $9M in 2014, plus a 2M roster bonus due in March if he is on the team during that period.
When asked if Sanchez would come back, John Idzik told reporters that right now they are focused on getting him healthy.
“Right now he is a Jet. We consider all of our guys Jets until we make a decision.” Idzik said. “I met with him, our focus is to get him healthy and then we’ll take it from there.
Sanchez is 37-31 as a starter. (including playoffs.)
Rookie QB Geno Smith played all sixteen games this season and basically struggled. However there were games during the season where he played exceptionally well. Especially his last two games where he didn’t produce any turnovers.
After winning the QB battle during the offseason by default, (Sanchez injury) It is a clear implication that Smith will be going through another QB tryout in training camp and preseason. Idzik said the team will in fact look at other QBs.
“We saw a lot out of Geno, like we said all season he’s a very resilient young man.” Idzik said. “For him to start all sixteen games, go through the highs and lows of an NFL season, to see him handle a game, be more efficient in the pocket, all of the things he did were very positive. We are all excited about having Geno apart of the Jets, will we look at quarterbacks? Yes we will look at Qbs.”
The Jets currently have the 18th pick in the NFL draft and there are few QB possibilities that the Jets may or may not draft.
5 QBs the Jets may draft in 2014:
Blake Bortles – UCF (40 yd dash- 4.89) (2012: Avg 275.5 ypg) (25 passing TDs) (9Ints) (163.3 passer rating.)
Derek Carr – Fresno State (40yd dash – 4.78) (2012: Avg 391.0 ypg) (48TDs) (7 INTs) (161.5 passer rating.)
Brett Smith – Wyoming (40 yd dash – 4.78) (2012: Avg 281.3 ypg) (29 passing TDs) (11INTs) (139.2 passer rating.)
David Fales – San Jose State (40 yard dash – 4.93) (2012: Avg 349.1 ypg) (33Tds) (13 INts) (153.3 passer rating.)
Zach Mettenberger – LSU (40 yd dash – 5.18) (2012: Avg 256.8 ypg) (22TDS) (8INts) (171.4 passer rating.)
*Draft Stats can be seen on Cbssports.com
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