Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jets could dress all three quarterbacks
By Matt Ehalt
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets coach Rex Ryan has not decided who will back up Greg McElroy on Sunday, but the team could dress all three quarterbacks against the Chargers.
"We'll make that decision as the week goes on," Ryan said. "There is a possibility we'll have all three quarterbacks this week."
Mark Sanchez was demoted after Monday night's loss in Tennessee. Tim Tebow has been Sanchez's backup all season.
Ryan said he expects McElroy, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to get the majority, if not all, of the reps in practice this week. McElroy has been active for only one game this season, against Arizona, when he came in during the second half and led the Jets to victory. This will be his first career start.
Although the Jets have not dressed all three quarterbacks this season, Ryan said they had planned to do so until injuries got in the way. Dressing three quarterbacks is a rarity in the NFL, as most teams either have just one backup quarterback or don't want to use that roster spot on a player who likely won't get in the game.
In Monday's loss to Tennessee, the Jets used Tebow on a full series for the first time, giving the backup a chance to run the offense. Ryan said the team had plans to do that before, but after Tebow suffered two broken ribs, they couldn't do it. Tebow finally started looking healthy, so the team ran the set.
If the Jets choose to allow a backup to have a series Sunday, it makes sense for Tebow to be put in the game, since he brings a rushing element that Sanchez doesn't provide. Ryan did not rule out the possibility that Tebow could get a series, even though he could be the No. 3 quarterback.
"That's a possibility," Ryan said. "Can't give away that kind of information."
INJURY UPDATES: Wide receiver Stephen Hill will miss Sunday's game due to his knee injury. He didn't play last week. Dustin Keller (ankle) was not at practice, although Ryan hoped the tight end would be able to go today. Keller didn't play against the Titans.
Brandon Moore (hip) was at practice, but Ryan said the team would give him a day to rest due to the short week. Cornerback Aaron Berry (hamstring) was on the stationary bike, and Ryan said he isn't confident the corner will play this week. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee/calf) practiced.