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lacey-michew-boyfriend-matt-flynn-picThe New York Jets have decided to sign veteran quarterback Matt Flynn with starter Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after having his jaw broken by a teammate, who is now no longer a teammate. Flynn spent the majority of his seven-year NFL career in Green Bay but also played for Oakland, Seattle, and Buffalo, before returning to the Packers in 2013. He remained with them through the 2014 season before joining the Patriots in June. Flynn was then released and replaced by Ryan Lindley in New England.

Despite being Aaron Rodgers’ 220px-Matt_Flynn1backup for most of his Packers career, he still managed to amass 219 completions for 2,541 yards and 17 touchdowns. His career completion average is 61.3 percent and his quarterback rating is 85.9. In the 2011 season, Flynn started for the Packers in Week 17 and set a team record with six touchdown passes, racking up 480 yards passing in his only start of the year. His success that season turned into a three-year 20.5 million dollar deal with the Seahawks, but he never started after being beat out in training camp by then-rookie Russell Wilson.

Flynn’s hamstring injury, that contributed to his depature from the Patriots, is still bothering him and wasn’t willing to put a specific timeline to his return on the field beyond “hopefully soon.” It has yet to be announced if Geno Smith will be placed on the short-term injured reserve list, but Flynn will provide the team with a competent backup quarterback should they decide to do so. For now, the Jets have turned over starting duties to Ryan Fitzpatrick, an 11-year veteran on his fourth team in four years.


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