There’s been a lot of talk this offseason about the Jets’ backup quarterbacks situation. Rookie second overall pick Zach Wilson is the presumptive starter, and there’s virtually nothing on the depth chart after him.
The only other two passers on the roster are Mike White and James Morgan, both young guys who have never thrown a regular season pass. That’s led many to speculate it’s only a matter of time before they add a veteran with more experience. To that end, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY writes that the Jets were believed to be interested in Nick Mullens, who was just signed by the Eagles on Monday. Mullens would’ve made a lot of sense due to spending so much time with new Jets coach Robert Saleh in San Francisco.
That being said, it certainly doesn’t sound like Saleh is in any rush to bring in an experienced backup. “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, via Brian Costello of the New York Post.
“If you just bring in a veteran who doesn’t know your scheme, he’s learning just like the rookie is,” he added. “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 looks like Saleh might either want someone who knows Jets OC Mike LaFleur’s system already, or he’s sticking with his young guys. For what it’s worth, both Vacchiano and Costello highlight Bears quarterback Nick Foles as someone who has been linked to the Jets. Foles is an afterthought in Chicago, but Saleh’s statements don’t make it sound like he’s looking to trade a late-round pick for a vet who hasn’t played in the team’s system.
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