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Source: Simms returns to practice squad

8/31/2014

After some anxious moments at One Jets Drive, the New York Jets got their wish, as quarterback Matt Simms cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad, a source said Sunday.

The quarterback-needy Houston Texans considered a waiver claim on Simms, but they addressed their quarterback issue by trading for Ryan Mallett of the New England Patriots, according to reports.

The Jets wanted to carry only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, so they took a calculated risk by exposing Simms to waivers. The coaches talked with Simms on Saturday, assuring him they wanted him back. Just last week, quarterbacks coach David Lee told reporters that Simms had improved as much as any player he's ever coached.

This is a smart move by the Jets. Even though Simms doesn't factor into the short-term plans, he could be a possible No. 2 in 2015, when Michael Vick is gone.

Under the old rules, Simms wouldn't have been eligible for the practice squad, but the rules were changed recently, allowing players of Simms' standing (one accrued season) to be eligible.