It is time to stop talking about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow for a few minutes. What about the other New York Jets quarterback? You know, the one who threw the only touchdown for Gang Green this preseason, Greg McElroy? Do not ignore him.
For the second straight year, Greg McElroy looked great in the preseason as a member of the New York Jets. In fact, he may have looked the best out of every quarterback to have taken a preseason snap since August 2011. All of his performances have helped him earn praise from Jets Nation and secure his spot as the third-string quarterback of the team. McElroy brings skills and talents that should not go unnoticed.
One thing that goes very well in Greg McElroy's favor is his intelligence. For those who may not know, he scored a 43 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test, which is not only superb, but also 19 points higher than the average for quarterbacks. His knowledge shows on the field as he has made good plays and avoided turnovers. This allows him to play the part of a game manager, which he has done well. Mark Sanchez struggles with decision making at times, but McElroy fills in that gap. A smart quarterback is a reliable one, and both describe him well.
When it comes to physical ability, Greg McElroy has delivered. His quick release and rifle passes are effective in moving the ball down the field. This is a good thing to see since there are numerous questions about Tim Tebow's accuracy. As seen in the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, he can also be mobile. Greg McElroy may not be as fast or dynamic as Tim Tebow, but he has shown that he can lead the team to the end zone. The drives in which he has been on the field have showed that he could potentially develop into a force to be reckoned with.
This is not saying that McElroy should be the starter, but it is sending another message. The Jets may want to keep him for a while. He brings a great feeling of security for the team as well as their fans. If Sanchez and Tebow both fail miserably, there will be a good number of people feeling confident in McElroy being the guy that saves the day.
Some things about the second-year quarterback out of Alabama make his presence valuable. He brings more than people may realize and shows signs of someone who could be a significant player in the future.
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