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Reports: Jets leaning toward Greg McElroy

12/18/2012

Although nothing is made official, multiple reports indicate the New York Jets are leaning toward starting third-string quarterback Greg McElroy Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

This move is interesting for several reasons.

First, this decision benches Mark Sanchez, who is guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013. What does this mean for Sanchez’s future with the team?

Second, why did the Jets pass over No. 2 quarterback Tim Tebow, who is healthy? It shows New York's coaching staff doesn't believe in Tebow as a backup. Tebow was acquired by the Jets to run the Wildcat offense. But it's clear New York doesn't want Tebow to do much else other than gimmicks.

McElroy played well in spot duty two weeks ago in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets want to see what they have in the second-year quarterback over these final two weeks. This is a good audition for the young quarterback.

However, this move is more telling about how the Jets feel about Sanchez and Tebow. We’ve said in the AFC East blog for a while that neither quarterback is the long-term solution. It appears the Jets have finally come to that realization.

Also, check out our poll from earlier Tuesday on who AFC East readers think should start.

Update: It's official: The Jets officially name McElroy the starter Tuesday afternoon.