AFC East: backup

What's next for Greg McElroy?

December, 5, 2012
Greg McElroy's time in the spotlight was shorter than a New York minute. But the New York Jets backup quarterback, who won his first NFL game last week, is fully supportive of head coach Rex Ryan choosing Mark Sanchez as the starter.

“Coach Ryan’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and we trust him to make the best decision, and obviously we believe that is the correct decision,” McElroy said to the New York media Wednesday. “We think that going forward, this is a great opportunity to improve and I know Mark’s going to play great on Sunday.”

McElroy was 5-of-7 for 29 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. But that wasn’t enough to convince Ryan to make a permanent change.

So what’s next for McElroy?

Much of McElroy’s role the rest of the season will come down to backup quarterback Tim Tebow. McElroy moved up to the No. 2 role because of Tebow’s injured ribs. Ryan has been mum on who will be the No. 2 quarterback this week but admitted that Tebow is not 100 percent.

McElroy proved that he can come in and win a game on short notice. But he's not worried if he has to be the No. 3 quarterback again after being so close to being the No. 1 guy.

“Roles change day-to-day,” McElroy said. “In this game. ... you’re not guaranteed anything.”
New York Jets backup running back Joe McKnight (ankle) made a return to practice on Friday. It turns out he will play in Sunday’s rivalry game against the New England Patriots.

This is significant because McKnight’s availability could mean fewer opportunities at running back for Tim Tebow. The Jets have been hinting that Tebow, a converted quarterback, could get some carries at tailback this week against New England.

The idea came out of necessity since McKnight and fellow running back Bilal Powell missed most of practice leading up to Sunday's game. But McKnight will spell starter Shonn Greene as the No. 2 tailback. It remains to be seen if Tebow will still get carries at tailback behind Greene and McKnight.

Here are the inactives for New England and New York:

Jets: QB Greg McElroy, RB Bilal Powell, G Caleb Schlauderaff, DT Kenrick Ellis, WR Clyde Gates, DT Sione Pouha, S Eric Smith

Patriots: RB Brandon Bolden, LB Tracy White, S Patrick Chung, G Logan Mankins, DE Jake Bequette, S Steve Gregory, DE Ron Brace

Is Tim Tebow one and done with Jets?

September, 13, 2012
The Jets acquisition of popular quarterback Tim Tebow received a ton of media attention nationally and has made for daily headlines in New York.

But the Tebow era could be a short one, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The paper reports Tebow could request a trade or release at the end of this season if he remains stuck behind starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"I think he will be a good soldier," a source told the paper. "At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on."

One and done for Tebow in New York?


Tebow still has two years remaining on his rookie contract that will make him a Jet until 2014. Sanchez also just signed a three-year extension through 2016. If Sanchez plays well, like he did in Week 1, Tebow could be a backup in New York for the duration of his contract.

It's no secret Tebow is a competitor. In Tebow's mind, he's confident he can be a starting quarterback again after he led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs last year and advanced to the divisional round.

But will Tebow's competitiveness get the best of him as a backup? Will Tebow want out of New York after just one year?