FINAL: McElroy shines in Jets’ preseason loss

Greg McElroy scrambles for yards. (AP photo by Matt Rourke)

Greg McElroy launches a pass. (AP photo by Matt Rourke)

Greg McElroy has accomplished something tonight that fellow New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow couldn’t in three previous preseason games:

Put the team in the end zone. Unlike Sanchez and Tebow, McElroy apparently thinks that’s the point of the game.

With Sanchez and Tebow sitting out tonight’s 28-10 preseason loss at Philadelphia, McElroy threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Ganaway in the second quarter. The drive covered 77 yards on 14 plays, and McElroy completed 5 of 6 passes. He also scrambled for a yard on a four-and-one play.

In addition, McElroy ran the two-minute offense and drove the Jets to a 58-yard field goal just before halftime. He quarterbacked the first series of the third quarter before going to the bench, as the Jets inserted fourth-team quarterback Matt Simms.

The Eagles led 14-10 at that point. For the night, McElroy completed 12 of 17 passes for 90 yards and rushed five times for 33 more yards. He wasn’t intercepted. Simms completed 3 of 6 passes for 5 yards.

“I thought QB Greg McElroy did a nice job, when he was in there he did well … moved the team well, showed poise and that was good to see,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in the postgame interview session, according to quotes provided by the Philadelphia Eagles’ media relations department.

According to, McElroy has played in five preseason games and handled 28 offensive possessions, and the Jets have managed three touchdowns and five field goals in his series.

“Obviously we went out there with the intention and the hope to score some touchdowns, so we were able to get one,” McElroy said after Thursday’s game, according to The Associated Press. “The execution was great. I told the guys when we were out on the field, I said: ‘Hey, let’s just make the most of this opportunity, you don’t get down here very often, let’s not take it for granted, let’s punch it in.’”

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