There was a media kerfuffle a few weeks ago when Mark Sanchez gave up a couple of unannounced reps with the first offense to Tim Tebow during the full-squad minicamp.
Greg McElroy was getting even fewer reps than Tebow, but the second-year man from Alabama was happy to be back in the Jets’ QB conversation.
“I’m not getting a lot of reps with the ones, but I feel like I’m playing pretty well,” McElroy told newyorkjets.com. “You just have to make the most of the reps you’re given.”
McElroy’s reps could have been in further jeopardy depending on how fast or slow he appeared to be coming back from last summer’s dislocated thumb on his throwing hand.
“I feel like I’m back to feeling normal now,” he said at the end of the minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “Obviously the first couple of practices , it took me a while to get my legs back under me. Now I’m starting to move, react, anticipate a little bit better. Granted, I was a little rusty the first few weeks.
“I knew throwing the ball would be fine. I didn’t think I’d have a setback there. But moving around to avoid the rush, anticipating things, the new system, took some time.”
The man who brought the new system with him is coordinator Tony Sparano. McElroy said the former Dolphins head coach “has been a tremendous pleasure to work for,” even if absorbing his system is no small task for the No. 3 man on the depth chart.
“It’s a difficult system but it’s very similar to what we did last year in terms of reads and concepts,” he said. “We’re running the same plays but with different verbiage.”
McElroy will continue to study that verbiage in the next four weeks before putting it to the test up in Cortland. Already familiar with the Dallas area, where he grew up, and Tuscaloosa, where he played for Alabama, he’s off to the South again before coming back to the North to get ready for the ’12 season.
“I’m heading to Nashville, where I’m spending the offseason,” he said. “I’ll be working out there, spending the last couple of weeks before training camp there.”
And then he’ll be reunited with Sanchez and Tebow. The model of diplomacy and paraphrasing the one-time sentiment of defensive teammate Bart Scott, he can’t wait.
“Those guys are both playoff quarterbacks. They’ve been successful and won a lot of games in the regular-season,” McElroy said. “From my perspective, it’s been great working with them and it should be really fun working with those guys up in Cortland.”
“Fore!” from Jets’ Super Twosome
RB Emerson Boozer and DB-KR Earl Christy, two of the four Jets in Super Bowl III who played college ball at Maryland Eastern Shore, reunited recently to play in the Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Tournament at Great Hope GC in Westover, Md. DelmarvaNow.com has a feature with photos of the twosome on its Website this morning.
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