The New York Jets have held a private workout with Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The New York Jets have a huge hole to fill at quarterback. They are going to try and bridge the gap this season with veteran journeyman Josh McCown this season. The Jets also have youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster.
There are options there, but none look to be a long-term answer for the organization. McCown is 38-years old and will probably be with the Jets for only one season. Petty struggled last season when pressed into duty, and Hackenberg redshirted his rookie season as he didn’t see the field.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan will not commit to McCown being the starter for the 2017 season, which makes sense. We are still over a month away from the NFL Draft, so the Jets quarterback room could be changed between now and when workouts begin.
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Maccagnan said that it is unlikely that the Jets add another quarterback in free agency, but did not discount adding one via the draft. Maccagnan’s draft strategy is to always draft at least one quarterback, so that is unlikely to change. The question this season is, when will that quarterback come off the board?
With Hackenberg being selected in the second round last year it would not be surprising to see the Jets wait until later on to select a quarterback. Using another high draft pick on a quarterback would make little sense.
But, there is a chance that it could still happen. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets have held a private workout with Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer. They are planning to do the same with North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky; they also sent scouts to Trubisky’s Pro Day according to sources.
Trubisky is in the running to be the first quarterback off the board along wit Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Kizer is widely believed to be third behind those two. If the Jets are truly interested in adding one of them, it will almost assuredly take their first round pick to do it.
While finding a franchise quarterback is the ultimate goal, the Jets arguably have bigger holes to fill. At least there are some quarterbacks on the roster; they really need some help at cornerback and along the offensive line.
The Jets should invest in rebuilding their defense and offensive line. Putting a rookie quarterback such as Kizer or Trubisky in this situation wouldn’t help their situation much. Building up the roster around the quarterback would be a much smarter route to take.