With three of their four quarterbacks currently dealing with injury issues, the Jets have made a move to add another player to the mix in time for Thursday’s game. Per Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Jets have agreed to sign former Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell.
The 28-year old Harrell is 6’2″ and has been with the Packers for the last four years after having gone undrafted and spending his rookie season in the CFL. He played his college football at Texas Tech where he, of course, put up massive numbers in their run-and-shoot style offense.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comHarrell apparently made good progress this offseason but was released by the Packers after losing out to Vince Young for the number two quarterback role. He has thrown just four passes in his NFL career and is probably most famous for what happened on his first NFL play.
Harrell’s preseason quarterback rating has never exceeded 80 in any of the last four seasons, so he’s never shone against backups in quite the same way as Matt Simms has so far this year. However, he has four years experience in a west coast offense, so there should be some scheme familiarity.
At this stage of the preseason, Harrell has probably been brought in just for cover, although they might require him to take some game reps and if he does well there and in practice, then maybe he could end up on the roster.