NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets brought in quarterback Matt Flynn on Friday.
He took a physical with the team but didn’t work out.
Without Geno Smith for six to 10 weeks, the Jets could use a veteran behind presumptive Week 1 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rookie Bryce Petty is a project, and showed as much going 10 of 18 for 50 yards in Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions.
Fitzpatrick was 2 of 3 for 16 yards, leading New York to a field goal in his only drive of the night.
The 30-year-old Flynn was released by the Patriots on Monday. He was on New England’s non-football injury list with a hamstring issue, ESPN.com reported.
Flynn — who once signed a three-year $20.5 million deal with the Seahawks — is a journeyman backup, with stops in Green Bay, Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo. He’s 3-4 in seven career starts.
The Jets are also “exploring other veteran QB options,” according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Smith entered training camp as the Jets’ clear front-runner at quarterback. But Fitzpatrick was thrown into the starting role when Smith suffered a broken jaw in the locker room this week, the victim of a sucker punch from teammate IK Enemkpali, who landed in Buffalo after he was released by the Jets.