NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets have insisted quarterback Mark Sanchez will have competition for the starting job in 2013.
We all know Tim Tebow is expected to be out of the mix by the time training camp opens. But what about another former first-round pick — free-agent-to-be Brady Quinn?
The Jets “have told people around the league” their plan is to open camp with five quarterbacks, including Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.
That leaves potentially two spots. NFL insider Chris Mortensen said Wednesday on ESPN’s “NFL32″ that Quinn could be a match, pointing to the player’s history with former tutor and new Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee.
With Tebow and Kyle Orton locked in a battle for the Broncos’ starting job in 2011, Lee told the Denver Post: “Brady Quinn is not going to go away. He is hungry.”
“I’m going to tell you this right now: Brady Quinn has a stronger arm than both the Manning brothers,” said Lee, who worked with Quinn during the lockout. “No question. I worked them all out.”
Quinn was selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2007. He signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 coming off his stint in Denver. The 28-year-old “has told friends he believes Lee is the best teacher he’s ever been around,” according to Cimini.
The Jets were linked to Quinn last offseason but ended up signing Drew Stanton, who saw the writing on the wall and bolted when Tebow was brought in.
So far, Quinn is better known for his Myoplex commercials — “Now I’m done!” — than his play on the field. He has a 4-16 record in 20 career starts, with 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 53.8 completion percentage.
If not Quinn, who? Sound off in the comments!