The Jets’ quarterbacks despise you, and they especially hate your team name. Multiple Scorgasms? Really? So 2006.
It’s a damn shame too, because although this has now been buried in the nether regions of your subconscious, there was a time when Jeremy Kerley was a nice little flex or WR3 play, as despite Mark Sanchez running into large asses he’s only a week removed from catching 10 balls for 86 yards against the patriots. Yeah, much of that came in wretched garbage time, but whatever, it all counts. And taking that further, there are worse options than Kerley to trot out there for the deep leaguers, as he’s averaging 58.4 receiving yards per game. Getting five-ish points out of your flex spot is still the new efficiency.
But there’s little hope for any of that cheap, value flex fun now given the uncertainty around the quarterback position in New York. You think Sanchez was/is bad? Just wait until we get a full game from Greg McElroy or (*lowers voice*) Tim Tebow.
The position is currently still in a state of flux, and we’ve reached Tuesday morning without an answer regarding the Jets’ starter for their game in Jacksonville this weekend, the land that Tebow built. This is the part when I would usually be a blatant, dirty troll, and convince you that a Tebow pickup on the wire is wise. And really, I suppose that wouldn’t be a drastic stretch, since even though we’ve all well aware of Tebow’s inaccuracy that surely hasn’t improved much in game situations this year since, you know, he’s done nearly zero passing in game situations, the Jaguars present a soft landing spot. Combine that with Tebow’s running ability that’s really his only ability, and if even a fraction of the Tebow who won fantasy leagues last year is given an opportunity to resurface, you’d be set to be the fantasy jerkface of Week 14 with a Tebow pickup and play.
And I would do that if there was even the slightest, shaky ground to stand on. Unfortunately, the land beneath Tebow’s fantasy feet is barren. We’re not privy to medical reports, but it certainly sounds like his ribs have healed well. He was only barely deactivated this past weekend against the Cardinals after trying to convince head coach Rex Ryan to keep him in uniform, and allow him to backup Sanchez.
Yet still, while saying yesterday that he hasn’t reached a decision on his starter, Ryan insisted that Tebow “isn’t near 100%,” adding that although he was cleared to played, the decision to keep him inactive was Ryan’s, and Ryan’s alone. That doesn’t sound like a coach who has any confidence whatsoever in the player under discussion, and he’s using the injury as a sort of safety net, and a convenient excuse. Sanchez was horrible in Week 13 while completing 10 of his 21 attempts with three interceptions before being benched for Greg McElroy, and then becoming the loneliest scribbler in the world. But Sanchez has been that bad on multiple occasions, and we still haven’t had a prolonged Tebow sighting.
Ultimately if we assume that Tebow is healthy, it could be any of the three under center this week, though despite his awfulness it would still be at least mildly surprising to see Sanchez benched again due to the financial commitment the franchise has made to him (he’s receiving $20.5 million guaranteed, and he’s due $8.25 million next year). Jason La Canfora reported late last night that there’s a heavy lean towards McElroy, and that was echoed this morning by Manish Metha, who reported that team owner Woody Johnson prefers the former Alabama quarterback.
So we’ll watch and wait. But there’s still one source of clarity, especially with Dustin Keller likely out: you can’t start any Jet not named Shonn Greene.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Ben Roethlisberger’s soreness has diminished. [Ed Werder]
- Terrell Suggs will seek a second opinion on his torn biceps. But it seems that at least briefly, the Ravens’ defense will become an even easier opposition for your quarterback. [Washington Post]
- Matt Forte’s December schedule looks delicious. [Roto Arcade]
- The optimism around Maurice Jones-Drew this week doesn’t exist. [John Oehser on Twitter]