New York Jets: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Quarterback
The New York Jets have held very few franchise quarterbacks over the course of their history.
Apart from Joe Namath, Ken O'Brien, and arguably Chad Pennington, Gang Green hasn't possessed a passer who can lead the team to the promised land.
The Jets hope that their next franchise signal-caller is on the current roster.
New York has four quarterbacks currently on the roster, but the team will likely only keep three of them.
Let's glance at the projected depth chart at the position and see where each quarterback will be slotted in 2014.
Geno Smith entered the league with high expectations, as he was seen by most as the best quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft.
However, Smith had a rocky rookie season. He failed to find any sort of consistency, and he ended up tossing just 12 touchdowns to 21 interceptions while ranking among the bottom of the league in passer rating.
Smith shouldn't be completely blamed for his disappointing year, as he had virtually no true offensive weapons and an inconsistent offensive line.
With a full offseason to learn the playbook and adapt to the NFL style of play, the West Virginia product should improve substantially in his sophomore season.
Smith will also have a flurry of new offensive talent, including Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Jace Amaro.
To put it simply, Smith has to excel if the franchise is to remain faithful in him becoming a franchise quarterback.
Unless he really struggles early on in the season, expect Smith to remain the option at starting quarterback going forward.
If you still have any doubts, Marty Mornhinweg basically implied Smith will be the man in 2014 last week.
Michael Vick has the ability to carry an offense at times under the right circumstances.
The former Pro Bowler is still one of the most explosive quarterbacks in the game, as he possesses electrifying speed and a canon for an arm.
However, Vick's struggles with turnovers and injuries have limited his productivity in recent seasons.
After a monster year in 2010 in which he led the Eagles to the postseason and recorded a passer rating that exceeded 100, Vick has appeared in just 30 games and committed 37 turnovers over the last three seasons.
The 33-year-old may not be an ideal starting option, but he makes for a tremendous backup for Geno Smith.
Vick can teach Smith, another mobile quarterback, the ins and outs of the league and help develop him.
Jets fans may have been a tad worried by the signing of Vick, but he should end up being a quality acquisition.
Tajh Boyd could end up being a steal in the seventh round of this offseason's draft.
Boyd doesn't possess ideal size, and his accuracy and slow release both need to be improved, but he's coming off an extremely successful collegiate career, and his mobility, poise, and velocity are all above-average to exceptional.
The Clemson product could excel under the right circumstances, and I believe the Jets front office knows this.
Expect Boyd to win the No. 3 quarterback spot ahead of Matt Simms, as he possesses much more upside and is a valuable locker room presence.
Matt Simms has managed to stick around with Gang Green for a couple of years now, despite possessing limited upside and subpar physical tools.
Simms, an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Tennessee, appeared in two games last season. He threw one touchdown and one interception while completing just over 50 percent of his passes.
The 25-year-old simply isn't an NFL-caliber quarterback.
The selection of Tajh Boyd in the seventh round probably sealed his fate with New York.
Expect Simms to be a training camp cut.