The New York Jets announced that they have signed former UT quarterback Matt Simms as an undrafted free agent. Simms is the youngest son of former New York Giants great and current CBS sportscaster, Phil Simms. He is expected to participate in New York's rookie minicamp this weekend.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was impressed with the 6-foot-3 Simms, who also played at Louisville and El Camino Community College before joining the Vols in 2010. He'll compete with Greg McElroy and G.J. Kinne for the No. 3 job behind Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
In 2010 Simms played in 11 games for UT and threw for over 1400 yards and 8 TD’s. He lost his starting role late in the season and was replaced by current UT quarterback Tyler Bray. He developed a reputation for being able to take a hit, as he was sacked a notable 25 times in his junior season, and yet always managed to bounce back from the beating that his struggling offensive line allowed.
In 2011 Simms started two games against then #1 LSU and #2 Alabama. But his primary role in 2011 was to serve as the backup for starters Bray and Justin Worley. He threw for only 319 yards with no TD’s and 3 interceptions during his senior season.