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Matt Simms ahead of Greg McElroy on New York Jets

Buried below the quarterback duel between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith in Florham Park, N.J., backup passer Greg McElroy finds himself in a fight for his roster spot with the New York Jets.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the untested Matt Simms -- son of New York Giants legend Phil Simms -- took snaps with the third team during Thursday's practice. McElroy toiled with the No. 4s, duplicating the pecking order witnessed in last week's open session.

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McElroy, entering his third campaign, earned a start in Week 16 last season ahead of Tim Tebow and a spiraling Sanchez. His season was cut short by a concussion, but McElroy went into the winter as a player the Jets appeared interested in keeping.

Sanchez mainly played with the first-teamers during practice and delivered a string of sharp, short-range throws, according to Mehta. Smith directed the second wave, but he also faced the starters for a handful of plays.

Back to McElroy: It's too early to read into his snap count, but his tumble comes as a surprise. On paper, McElroy's a strong fit for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast attack. He's an intelligent young passer who wasn't cowed by the spotlight last season. If he slips off the Jets' roster, he'll land on his feet.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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