This could mean a fifth-round backup option. But it could also mean the No. 6 overall pick in the draft.
"We want competition at every position," Bowles said, via ESPN.com. "Ryan is going to compete, as well as Geno is going to compete, and we hope to add somebody else to compete with them, along with (Matt) Simms."
Though temporarily exciting, Bowles' comments speak to a general sadness felt by Jets fans for years. When is the last time the team went into a season confident and collected in its quarterback situation? When is the last time they didn't have to endure a summer of breathless tweets breaking down their four-way battle under center?
It looks like this is no more than the summer of Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy all over again.
In some distant version of NFL history, the Jets might be looked at as a franchise that knew how to develop a passer. But over the past five decades, very few names stand out.