With starting quarterback Geno Smith out, the New York Jets are looking for a temporary replacement to beef up their QB rotation in the early part of the season. Latest reports state that the team is looking to bring Tyler Thigpen, Rex Grossman or Brock Jensen in for workouts.
Jets have reached out free-agent Rex Grossman, per source. #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2015
As I reported earlier, and is now being confirmed, #Jets will work out Tyler Thigpen this week.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 11, 2015
Per source, #Jets reached out about several other QBs today, including Brock Jensen.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 12, 2015
Both Grossman and Thigpen are veteran quarterbacks in the league with rich experience playing for various NFL teams, while Jensen is a 24-year-old QB who has undrafted in the 2014 draft.
Multiple reports have confirmed that Smith will be out for six to 10 weeks after being “sucker punched” in the jaw by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali.
Smith broke his jaw in the incident while Enemkpali, who was the team’s sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was released by the New York squad.
The pair reportedly fought over a $600 plane ticket. "It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said via ESPN. "He got cold-cocked, sucker-punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw.”
Bowles added that the 24-year-old Enemkpali’s actions were something that the Jets franchise won’t tolerate and that the team will leave it to Smith if he wants to press charges against his now-former teammate.
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be inserted as a starter to start the season with Jake Heaps and Bryce Petty as backup QBs.