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New York Jets work out QB Kevin O'Connell; does Tebow want to be traded?
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The New York Jets worked out free agent Kevin O’Connell on Tuesday, stirring speculation that the club is considering a shakeup at the quarterback position.
The Jets’ depth chart includes starter Mark Sanchez, backup Tim Tebow and No. 3 Greg McElroy.
The Jets' Tim Tebow has reportedly expressed a desire to be traded, which could be the reason his team worked out another QB Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Sanchez, 25, looked promising early in his career but has struggled this season. He’s completing just 49.7 percent of his passes through six games, and his 1,125 passing yards ranks 31st in the league.
Tebow, who was 8-5 as a starter and led Denver to a playoff win last season, was brought in to push Sanchez, or at the very least serve as a dual-threat changeup off the bench. Tebow has reportedly expressed some frustration over his limited role, and if he has indeed asked for a trade, O’Connell could be part of the contingency plan.
O’Connell, 27, has bounced around the NFL since being drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round in 2008.
He has never taken a snap in a game for the Jets but is familiar with the system after spending time on the roster from 2009-11. O’Connell has also been with the Lions and Dolphins, and was most recently on the Chargers’ roster in the preseason.
“I’ve been told that the Jets wanted to make sure Kevin O’Connell was in shape and ready in case of an emergency,” Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted Tuesday night. “I’ve been told that no deal is imminent.”
The Jets have a 3-3 record, just like the rest of the AFC East, heading into Sunday’s game at New England.