Jets Sign Quarterback Matt Simms, Son of Phil Simms

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Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a 19 year absence, there is a quarterback playing Simms in New York again. The New York Jets have signed former Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, after a three-day tryout in minicamp.

Simms was never considered a blue-chip prospect or highly regarded NFL prospect, but the Jets brought him in after he didn’t receive a contract offer from any other team. Simms did work out with the New York Giants, but there wasn’t enough level of interest to extend him an offer.

“With Simms, the thing that you’re impressed with immediately is how he can throw the football,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said on Saturday. “I mean, he definitely has a great arm. He can really spin it. The thing you don’t see is, obviously, how he is against the rush and all that.”

Matt’s father Phil played for the Giants from 1979-1993 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 1986. The Jets already have quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Greg McIlroy, but the team may decide to have four quarterbacks on the roster.

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