Nothing is ever as it seems for the Jets. One moment, Gang Green has a new coach (Todd Bowles), new go-to receiver (Brandon Marshall) and new/old cornerbacks (Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie) and a new outlook on NFL life. Then the starting quarterback gets punched in the face.

After Geno Smith sustained a broken jaw in the most Jets way possible, the team is getting an unexpected pitch for a replacement.

The "Hefty Lefty" nominates ... himself. Jared Lorenzen last played professional football in 2014 for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League and his 320-pound weight was well-documented. But he's willing if the Jets are.

Lorenzen, who was listed at 288 pounds coming out of college in 2004, knows a thing or two about being a backup quarterback in New York. After signing as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 2004, Lorenzen appeared in four games from 2006-2007. He went 4-of-8 for 28 yards passing as Eli Manning's backup. Lorenzen did not see action in Super Bowl XLII, but he did go home with a ring and the satisfaction of ending the Patriots' perfect season.

After failing to make the Colts' roster in 2008, he joined the financially crumbling Kentucky Horsemen of arenafootball2 in 2009, Lorenzen made his way to the River Monsters, then part of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He served as general manager before deciding to lace up his cleats again. Lorenzen won the UIFL MVP Award in 2011 and was named commissioner of the league in 2012. After a year with the Owensboro Rage of the Continental Indoor Football League, Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, who moved to the CIFL, in 2014. A broken tibia derailed Lorenzen's second go-around with the team.

With the Jets' job opening up, Lorenzen sees his chance to play quarterback again -- and plug his clothing line.

For the time being, the Jets say veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter in Smith's absence. But Jets fans are getting ahead of themselves:

The Jets open the season Sept. 13 at home against the Browns. Of all the choices the Jets make, would bringing Jared Lorenzen into training camp really be the worst one?

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