The Atlanta Falcons reportedly signed former Tennessee Vols quarterback Matt Simms on Saturday.
The #Falcons are bringing QB Matt Simms back to Atlanta, his agent Art Weiss confirmed this afternoon. Kurt Benkert suffered a toe injury after an impressive start in the Hall of Fame game. Benkert was pushing Matt Schaub for the backup job.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 3, 2019
Simms, the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms, played at Louisville in 2008. He then transferred and played at Tennessee in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010, Simms passed for 1,460 yards and eight touchdowns. He eventually lost his starting job to Tyler Bray. Simms passed for only 319 yards in 2011.
Simms, who went undrafted in 2012, has been out of the NFL since 2017. He was a member of the Falcons’ practice squad from 2015-2017. He has also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Simms’ only regular season action came with the Jets in 2013 and 2014. He most recently played for the Atlanta Legends in the AAF.
It seems unlikely that Simms will push Matt Schaub for Atlanta’s backup quarterback job, but he should be able to snag a spot on the practice squad (or serve as the game day emergency quarterback).
Tennessee is a special place
Statistically, Simms didn’t have a great time at UT. He lost his starting job and had to deal with several key injuries to Vol wide receivers.
But that doesn’t mean Simms didn’t enjoy his time at Tennessee. In fact, he loved his time in Knoxville. The New Jersey native told the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2017 “To be a Volunteer, to run through the T, to sing Rocky Top, it’s stuff that you dream about as a kid and just hope that you can be a part of it one day and I was fortunate that I was.”
Tennessee tends to have that kind of effect on people.
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