With the New York Jets looking high and low for their next starting quarterback, we wonder why Brett Hundley‘s name is rarely mentioned.
It’s a peculiar situation for the New York Jets. Just weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft, the organization is staring at three quarterback prospects that they have yet to fall in love with. All three have their strengths and weaknesses, but neither Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky nor DeShone Kizer have yet to separate themselves from the others.
The free agent market is less fruitful. Mike Glennon signed with the Chicago Bears for a lucrative deal after former starting quarterback Jay Cutler was given his walking papers. Tyrod Taylor, another Mike Maccagnan potential target, restructured his deal with the Bills to remain in Buffalo. Former Saints backup, Chase Daniel is an option after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, but in all honesty, is he really an option?
The Jets could look at the aforementioned Cutler, but signing an error-prone quarterback to lead a rebuild seems counterproductive. Gang Green could set their sights on Colin Kaepernick who opted out of his final year with San Francisco, but given the owner’s political stance, it is highly unlikely.
Then there is Geno. Geno Smith is the stubborn stain that the Jets can’t cleanse themselves of. The longer Geno remains unsigned, it appears more likely he will return to the team to compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
The choices create a bleak picture for the 2017 season and have the Jets fanbase dreaming of the collegiate options available in the 2018 NFL Draft. But before they begin rallying to start the “Suck for Sam” campaign, there may be another option.
Aaron Rodgers is widely considered one of, if not the best quarterback in the league. At age 33, the NFL should expect to see another five to seven years of the all-pro. If that is the case, his 23-year-old understudy will find it nearly impossible to showcase his talents during the prime years of his career.
Brett Hundley could not have found a better situation when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Essentially red-shirted his rookie year by being named the third-string quarterback, Hundley impressed in the 2016 preseason to grab a hold of the primary backup spot. His maturity and willingness to learn behind an all-time great puts him leaps and bounds ahead of anyone that will be drafted this year.
Hundley was a standout during his three starting seasons at UCLA. He completed over 65 percent of his passes and garnered over 3,000 yards each season. His touchdown to interception rating also improved each year and his mobility created another dimension to his game.
At 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, Hundley has ideal size to be a durable quarterback during the 16 game regular season. During the combine, he completed the 40-yard-dash with a 4.63 seconds time. In a year where the quarterback class is considered below average, trading a mid-round pick or even a Sheldon Richardson for Hundley makes sense for the Jets.
Before New York makes an ill-advised signing of an aged veteran or drafts a college quarterback who may be extremely inaccurate, the Jets should give a call to the frozen tundra and inquire on Hundley. With all due respect to A.J. McCarron, most would rather have Aaron Rodgers‘ backup then Andy Dalton’s.