The Jets have three quarterbacks on their roster and none of them has ever taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
Still, coach Robert Saleh does not sound like he is clamoring for GM Joe Douglas to sign a veteran backup to No. 2-overall pick Zach Wilson.
“To just think that just because they’re a veteran it’s going to help a quarterback, there’s a match that has to happen, there’s a scheme familiarity that has to happen,” Saleh said. “If you just bring in a veteran who doesn’t know your scheme, he’s learning just like the rookie is. Aside from helping him with rehab and [regeneration] and study habits, which I think Zach and that entire quarterback room is already ahead of the curve on how they handle their bodies and study, I don’t know if there’s much value aside from being comfortable that if the crap hits the fan you have a veteran who has played football. It’s more of a comforting feeling rather than working your ass off to develop the quarterbacks who are already in the building.”
The quarterbacks behind Wilson right now are Mike White and James Morgan. White was a fifth-round pick in 2018 by the Cowboys but has not played in the regular season. Morgan was a fourth-round pick of the Jets last year.
Saleh said the Jets wanted all three quarterbacks to get a chance to show what they could do this spring. After minicamp, the Jets will reassess their roster and decide whether they need to add a quarterback for training camp. One name that has been linked to the Jets is Nick Foles, who is on the Bears but is expendable after the team signed Andy Dalton and drafted Justin Fields. The Jets may need to trade a late-round pick to get Foles, though.
The Jets had full attendance at minicamp Tuesday. Safety Marcus Maye was there after sitting out the voluntary portion of the spring. Maye is seeking a long-term deal and the Jets used the franchise tag on him. The sides have until July 15 to reach a deal or Maye will play under the $10.6 million tag.
“He’s a leader on this football team,” Saleh said. “Guys have a lot of respect for him and his play style and the way he goes about his business. I feel comfortable about where he is. He’s a pro. He’s been taking care of himself. Obviously, having him here has been great.”
Maye spent Tuesday working with the trainers. Saleh did not want to rush any of the players who have not been participating into drills immediately.
WR Corey Davis participated in practice on a limited basis. Davis has been dealing with a minor shoulder injury. … Wilson had a rough day. He threw two interceptions in 11-on-11 drills, though both came on deflections. He seemed more indecisive than he had been for most of the spring. … WR Vyncint Smith made a diving grab of a long pass from Morgan. … RB Michael Carter had a beautiful one-handed catch.