Report: Jets looking to poach Patriots QB to mentor incoming rookie
The New York Jets hit the headlines on Tuesday after trading Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers. With the second overall pick in the upcoming draft, the Jets are bound to select a quarterback with their first pick, with Zach Wilson currently looking like the most likely option.
The franchise is now also potentially looking to add some veteran leadership and depth to the roster at the quarterback position in the form of Brian Hoyer, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. A smart decision for this team, as giving their new rookie a mentor could help develop him faster.
Interesting free agent visit on tap today: #Patriots QB Brian Hoyer is set to visit the #Jets, source said. A long-time backup in New England emerges as a potential backup and mentor to the new rookie QB at NYJ.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2021
Hoyer has been in the league for 12 years and has been a backup quarterback throughout most of his career. Additionally, Hoyer comes from a division rival in the New England Patriots. If he signs with the Jets, he’ll be able to provide some inside knowledge to New York both times the teams face off against each other in 2021.
The Jets would be killing two birds with one stone in this acquisition. They bring in a solid mentor for their rookie quarterback while also receiving intel on the Patriots. It’s an underrated maneuver that could give the Jets an advantage.
The Jets haven’t been the best team for quite some time, as they’ve been the butt of the joke since Mark Sanchez’s infamous butt fumble. They haven’t been to the postseason since 2010, but with the hiring Robert Saleh and a new franchise quarterback on the way, they’re hoping to turn things around and build a consistent winner. With plenty of cap space for the future and a ton of draft picks this year, New York has set itself up for a solid rebuild.
Find out which quarterback the Jets draft with the No. 2 overall pick on April 29.