McElroy shines in Jets' scrimmage

With Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez dueling it out for the New York Jets starting quarterback job, third-stringer Greg McElroy was stellar during Saturday's Green and White scrimmage. Find out how New York's forgotten QB fits into the team's plans in 2013.

Greg McElroy put up a stellar outing at the Green-and-White scrimmage Saturday night that made people momentarily forget about the mediocre outing of both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. The third year quarterback is in the thick of a QB battle for the third QB slot on the depth chart, competing with Matt Simms.

The QB competition that everyone has their eyes on is the one between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez, but a deep competition is developing between Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. McElroy isn't shying from it, either.

"Everyone has done a fantastic job of preaching competition, and that's what's so important," said McElroy. "It makes camp really interesting and it allows you to go out there and not only compete against the defense, but guys within the room."

McElroy will be entering is third season with the Jets after being drafted in the 7 out of Alabama. McElroy made his first start of his career last season versus the San Diego Chargers completing 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards and an interception. Last season isn't what is on the forefront of people's mind. During theg reen and White scrimmage McElroy lit up the field in his two series of play that lasted a total of eight plays.

He connected on his five passes, racking up 129 yards and two touchdowns in the process.

"I was pleased. I thought we were doing a good job of moving the ball and executing the offense," said McElroy. "Everyone was pleased to get out here and compete against each other in front of a great group of fans."

Pleased, indeed. The most impressive part of his play was his two touchdown passes. He hooked up with rookie Ryan Spadola on a 48-yard touchdown on his first touchdown. The second touchdown was to Vidal Hazelton, which raised some eyebrows.

"We ran a play to try to set it up earlier in the scrimmage and they did a great job of covering it," said McElroy. "Coach Mornhinweg put that in the back of his mind, made a fantastic call, and we were able to execute it. It was really nice, a great job by Vidal and a great job by him (turning) a short completion into a long touchdown."

The stellar play of McElroy has him with a stranglehold over the third QB slot, and it will be imperative for him to continue to show that kind of play if he wants to keep the position.

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