Free Agency: Rating the Remaining Quarterbacks

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

A few days ago we mentioned some of the more “viable” options at quarterback should the Jets want to consider bringing in in another veteran to compete with Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Greg McElroy. Here’s some more details on those potential veteran options … not named Tim Tebow.

VINCE YOUNG
Career Stats: 60 Games, 74.4 Passer Rating, 57.9% completion, 46:51 TD-INT
Young — who just finished his degree — is tough to evaulate because he’s been away from football since the Bills cut him last summer. Young played sparingly during the Eagles 2011 season, most notably in a game he helped the Eagles beat the Giants 17-10 on Sunday Night Football. Young has all the physical tools, but he’s not been excellent at making his reads and in his accuracy. Young would of course have some familiarity with Morhinweg’s offense from his days in Philly, but Young isn’t an optimal West Coast Offense fit.

CHARLIE BATCH
Career Stats: 80 Games, 77.2 Passer Rating, 56.6% completion, 61:52 TD-INT
Batch has played as a backup role since joining Pittsburgh in 2002. The former Steeler has good size as well as decent arm strength, instincts and vision. He isn’t very mobile but is known as a savvy game-manager who would be a stretch to be a season-long starter, but who can spot-start when necessary. Batch might not be a bad option, but making him the starter would unlikely be able to last for a whole season due either to durability or productivity.

BYRON LEFTWICH
Career Stats: 60 Games, 78.9 Passer Rating, 57.9% completion, 58:42 TD-INT
Leftwich has good size, better than average arm strength but is badly limited in his mobility must operate from inside the pocket and can’t make much happen outside the tackle box when the play breaks down. He has average accuracy but does have good vision and the ability to read a defense.

TYLER THIGPEN
Career Stats: 29 Games, 72.5 Passer Rating, 54.0% completion, 21:18 TD-INT
Average size and arm with solid athleticism, Thigpen tends to force the ball into coverage trying to make a play and during his time with the Bills, he hasn’t shown enough to demonstrate that he could be a front-line starter in the NFL.

TRENT EDWARDS
Career Stats: 38 Games, 75.5 Passer Rating, 60.6% completion, 26:30 TD-INT
A journeyman with smarts, but limited athleticism to move and scramble Edwards can demonstrate accuracy when given time in the pocket to set, or slide and step into his throw. Edwards has been proven to make errant passes when forced to throw off balance or not properly set. Edwards returned to football with the Eagles in 2012 after a year away and he was a good backup who can tutor younger quarterbacks. Edwards is a bad judge of his ability to fit the ball into tight spaces and doesn’t have much more value than as a backup.

JAMARCUS RUSSELL
Career Stats: 31 Games, 65.2 Passer Rating, 52.1% completion, 18:23 TD-INT
Russell hasn’t played football on a team since 2009 and he was a poor player at that time. Weight issues and his work ethic were significant concerns about Russell, but when last we saw him, he did have excellent arm strength and the ability to make all the throws.