Simms working hard to make himself invaluable to the Jets

Darryl Slater has a very good in-depth article on the for the Star-Ledger that Matt Simms is making the most of his opportunity and working hard to learn as much as he can while he can with the Jets.

Teammates said he is one of the last players to leave the complex at night, around 7:30 or 8.

This extra film work – and the dedication it demonstrates to coaches – is important for undrafted players, who are essentially disposable. Jets wide receiver David Nelson, who entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2010, said organizations often decide in the first three or four months if an undrafted player can help them.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Since the Jets didn’t name Simms the starter after last week’s disappointing game by Geno, it might seem  like a long shot that Simms will get a chance to start a game between now and the end of the season.  Of course, anything is possible.  Either way, Simms knows the opportunity he has been afforded and is doing everything he can to take advantage of it.



27 comments
Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Unless Simms shows 'lightning in a bottle' this year I fear we will never see what he can do.


No way Jets go into 2014 with this QB depth chart.


Sanchez will get another shot as top dog and/or they will add a veteran and another rookie.

a57se
a57se

Sounds like Simms has matured a lot since he was in College. That was the biggest thing that held him back........thinking he didn't have to work because of his name. Apparently he has put in the time to fix a mechanical flaw that was hurting his accuracy and now he is putting in the time to get the offense down despite not getting any reps.

I find it hard to root against a guy like that and hope he gets a fair shot.

marcus81
marcus81

Simms can be the next McElroy

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

watching this auburn Missouri game...the wr sammi coates looks like hes worth a look...tall and fast plus looks like he uses his height and goes for the ball

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

I feel sorry for Simms wasting his time working his butt off with the Jets. He might have a chance with some other team after this season like Dallas (gave a shot to Romo), St. Louis (Kurt Warner or Houston (Warren Moon). Even the Raiders are giving Matt McGloin a shot over Pryor and he's responded with 1 TD in every 5 series.


For an organization that's the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL all too often, they are too conservative to fight for respect and make decisions based on emotion and cover up rather than hard fact and principle. They just don't understand that no one respects losing like a clown no matter how much you blown smoke.

BTW, some other UDFA's that made it big are: Brian Waters, Priest Holmes, Antonio Gates, Arian Foster, Jeff Saturday & Adam Vinatieri. It's amazing what a player can do when they actually get a chance to compete, but the Jets always know better.

psi1
psi1

My feeling is that the Jets are trying to justify their pick by forcing Geno even with the awful production. Other teams give their young QBs a shot when the starters are mediocre (i.e. Houston, Oakland, Cleveland etc) I hope Idzik is not they type to try and justify his picks regardless of performance. That did not appear to be his stated MO when he was hired.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

What does everyone think of Aaron Murray in the 2014 draft? I like the fact that hes a scholar and has a chip on his shoulder after getting hurt late in the season. Most likely a later round pick, maybe middle round, but at the rate we are going, i don't know how much longer I can watch bad QB play for... I feel like that's all this team has to offer, bad quarterback play... I mean, even Brett Farve went sour with us before going to the NFC championship game the next year. Really??? WTF????

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

Being an undrafted f/a is a tough road to hoe. Like Brian states you are one phone call away from the being cut and unemployed. When the jets signed Simms last year I looked up his collegiate career bio and the kid has certainly bounced around a lot.After enrolling at Louisville and falling out of favor he apparently wound up at a Jr.college and eventually turned up at the U.of Tenn. He again fell out of favor there as he was replaced by Tyler Bray (another high profile undrafted f/a). From what I read it appears his biggest problem was immaturity. From Brian's post it appears this is no longer a problem as he is now working hard,staying late and making himself invaluable to the organization. Its interesting because immaturity is one of the stigma's that had dogged Geno prior to this years draft and followed him throughout the off season and training camp. Again, that no longer appears to be a problem as reports have him working hard,putting in the time to learn the position.I guess the question now is; what up with Geno?

here2win
here2win

The Jets have little to no experience at QB. Geno Simms

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se The biggest thing that held him back was poor play, 57. 

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

You're a good man Charlie Brown. That's all I've been arguing  for. After all, Idzik's rule for improving the team was competition at every position (except if he draft's them, apparently).

a57se
a57se

Sure, except he is nothing like McNoodleroy.....

ww85
ww85

@jaygo It's true that Simms has played mostly garbage time, but you can't really judge him much either way based on it. He's certainly outplayed Geno in garbage time. The fact that he's outplaying the top rated QB in the draft should at least give him a  chance to compete. Does the fact that he has a famous Dad disqualify him?

bradysucks
bradysucks

@frustjetfn


Yeah I'd like to see Simms get a shot. Nothing to lose and he has a great arm.


The thing is that so many people miss is that Geno is making so little money for an NFL QB. He is playing QB like one of the lowest paid QB's in the NFL (which he is). I can live with this much easier than paying Sanchez 9 million a year to lead the NFL in turnovers and buttfumble....

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Right on! Idzik's trying to force feed Geno to convince everyone how clever he is even if the team loses out the season. Furthermore, from what Garrard said it wouldn't surprise me if the Jets passed on drafting a QB high in 2014 b/c "Geno will be better w/a season under his belt."


Love the Jets, but hate their stupidity.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Mike Milea Mike, from what I've observed and read Murray at only about 6foot tall and also not particularly physically gifted in term of arm strength or speed or escapability  most pre draft publications like CBS sports,ESPN and others list him anywhere between rounds 3-6. He kind of reminds me of Tyler Wilson from Arkansas who lasted late in last years draft and was eventually cut in training camp. Hey, I'm no expert but I don't think he's who were looking for.

Pat d
Pat d

Top rated QB in the draft. By who? The top rated QB does not get drafted in the 2nd round. Being the top rated QB in last years draft isn't saying much anyway.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Gee, and here I thought you should dry up. Or think.


The point is that any player, despite name or past history who is on your roster should be given a fair chance to compete for a job. If not, get him off the roster!


Players mature at different rates, so a guy who is not drafted like Cruz can develop and end up in the pro-bowl before more promising high draft choices who turn out to be a busts. 


There's nothing wrong with open competition unless you're threatened by it. And that says a lot about closed-mindedness and agenda then it does about winning. I want a winner no matter how abnormal the path he used to get there, as long as it's legitimately earned.

a57se
a57se

I winder what you were doing right after graduating HS?

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Couldn't agree more. WInners are built via competition. I wanted Geno to succeed big time and finally cure our QB woes, but don't like that he's given the starting job over and over again after failing. There's no way I can respect that.


So I say the Jets MUST draft a QB in 2014 and then let all the QB's compete for the starting job. No one can tell me that Geno is better than some of the guys (like Bridgewater) coming out or like the quality rookies that came out in 2012. This was an off-year for QB's & there's no reason to award the QB job to someone just because they were available.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

And giving Geno a year or two knowing that he (or even a better QB) may not develop won't set the Jets back a year or two? I guess he IS on scholarship and blowing games shouldn't count. After all there's always an excuse when things aren't perfect for him.


I particularly like the BS that if Geno had all pro WR's, TE's, RB's and OL,  he might learn to be an acceptable QB if given a few years. Then again, give me, you or Tebow that arsenal and the any OC could hide our screw ups also. - Nothing like setting the bar low, right?

juunit
juunit

I'm not so sure Simms will play. I don't really believe we will be drafting a QB in 2014, especially early on. When you factor in the way Idzik has treated his draft picks, I think it's extremely unlikely he'll move on from his rookie 2nd rounder after one year. And that means he should get as much playing time as possible, even if he is totally screwed mentally right now. The only thing to do is play out of it, or fail trying.

ww85
ww85

@jaygo @ww85 I could be wrong. Like you, it's troubling to me that Simms couldn't really get on the field in college, but this can be quite a devlopmental position & it's also quite cerebral. I think Simms has the aptitude & the arm to play--not sure he can put it all together. I think Geno can play as well. I'd just like to see them compete. With a few starts, Simms can compete fairly next year & Geno may benefit from watching for a bit.

ww85
ww85

@jaygo @ww85 I used to feel the same way as you, but seeing him in garbage time, his throws are sharp & he has a strong arm. He looks better than Geno to me in albeit easy time. He had a crappy college career, but it's not impossible to mature late. Kurt warner had 1 good year in college. Maybe Simms hasn't had a chance to have that year yet. I may be wrong, but I'd like to see Simms wrap up the last 4 games & then he & Geno can compete to start next year. Have you watched Kellen Clemens play this year? Well, the guy has gotten much better--he's worked on his game a lot. He's playing average football now. Guys mature, get better, deserve second chances.