Analysis: Greg McElroy ouster no surprise

August, 31, 2013
Greg McElroy entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick and lasted two seasons with the Jets despite obvious physical limitations. On Saturday, he was waived -- hardly a surprise, considering:

1. He's a Tannenbaum guy: New GM John Idzik had no allegiance to McElroy. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum always thought McElroy had a chance to become a solid No. 2 quarterback, a sentiment not shared by the new boss.

2. Injured: McElroy missed the last three games with a sprained knee, aggravating it Tuesday in practice. Chances are he wouldn't have been healthy enough to dress for opening day.

3. Simms happened: Matt Simms, who began training camp fourth on the depth chart, capitalized on his extra reps and overtook McElroy. Simms has more upside because of his big arm. He also has moxie. The coaching staff wanted to see more aggressiveness from McElroy, who had a tendency to throw checkdowns instead of pushing the ball downfield.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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