Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Report: Jets agree to terms with QB Harrell
By Rich Cimini
Add another chair to the Jets' quarterback room.
The Jets have agreed to terms with former Packers backup Graham Harrell, FoxSports reported early Wednesday morning. Harrell, released last Saturday by the Packers, will report Wednesday to the Jets, the report said.
This means the Jets have five quarterbacks on the roster, back where they were in the spring. It probably means Greg McElroy, out the past two games with knee and ankle injuries, isn't healthy enough to play Thursday night against the Eagles. McElroy, the No. 3 quarterback for two years, could be on the bubble. The Jets also don't know if Mark Sanchez (shoulder) will be ready for opening day.
Rex Ryan refused to reveal his QB plans for Thursday night, let alone Week 1. Barring a change, Matt Simms is expected to start against the Eagles. Sanchez is out and Geno Smith probably won't play.
Harrell, who served as Aaron Rodgers' backup for three seasons, lost his job to Vince Young. He has only 32 regular-season snaps on his record, but Harrell has been prolific in the preseason -- 208 career attempts. He's familiar with the West Coast offense, which should help his transition.