If the New York Jets are looking to add a quarterback to the roster as Geno Smith recovers from a broken jaw, former Kentucky Wildcats signal-caller Jared Lorenzen is ready to suit up. Lorenzen actually reached out to the Jets via Twitter yesterday to offer his services, and it has resulted in his name actually trending on Twitter today.
— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) August 11, 2015
The Jets could certainly do worse than Lorenzen, who recently served as the Commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League and even played quarterback for the UIFL’s Northern Kentucky River Monsters. The UIFL has since merged with another indoor league, and Lorenzen was a good enough college quarterback that maybe he is worth a flier.
Known as the “Hefty Lefty” due to his 6-foot-4, 320 pound frame, Lorenzen threw for 10,354 yards and 78 touchdowns in four seasons with the Wildcats. He was not drafted into the NFL, but spent four years with the New York Giants as Eli Manning’s backup.
But odds are greater than none that the Jets will indeed look elsewhere for help at quarterback as Smith recovers, despite Lorenzen’s determination to play. The team has already reached out to veterans Rex Grossman and Tyler Thigpen, and already has journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty on the roster to handle the top two spots on the depth chart while Smith is out.
Still, one can’t help but respect how Lorenzen appeared ready, willing and able to play for the Jets, whether he was serious about it or if it was just a joke.
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