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The New York Jets, since learning of the severity of Geno Smith's broken jaw, have been looking to add depth at the quarterback position.

Now, a full seven days on from the infamous sucker punch to the man many felt was primed for a starting role, it appears they have found their man.

New arrival

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets are set to sign former Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots quarterback Matt Flynn.


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Flynn, who was released by the Jets' divisional rivals last week amidst concerns over a lingering hamstring injury, worked out for the Jets last Friday and clearly impressed the New York franchise.

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The need for an experienced arm to be added to the quarterback depth chart only intensified over the weekend too, with rookie Bryce Petty putting in a stuttering performance in the Jets' preseason opener.

Flynn has 53 career appearances in the NFL over seven seasons but has only started seven games in that time. He is very unlikely to be handed the reigns in New York either with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick set to replace Geno Smith as the team's starter for the regular season.

QB situation

With the New York Jets quarterback situation already a topic of much discussion, the past week's drama has only added to the intrigue ahead of Todd Bowles' first season as head coach.

The injury to Geno Smith has thrown up questions - some raised by his own teammates - about his leadership qualities and respect within the locker room.

The arrival of Matt Flynn won't relegate Geno to third string QB, but the third-year star could find himself spending a lot of time alongside the former Packer on the bench when he does return to action.

Jets fans: Has Geno Smith's injury been a blessing in disguise, would you have wanted him to start in Week One? Have your say in the comments below... 

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