Former Maryland quarterback Mark Manges, who expressed dismay last week over not being contacted by another NFL team after the Rams cut him, will have a one-day tryout with the New York Jets this afternoon.
The Jets have lost staring quarterback Richard Todd for five to seven weeks with a broken collarbone, and Jim Royer, the director of player personnel, said the Jets are considering adding another active quarterback to the roster.
Matt Robinson started for the Jets Sunday and completed nine of 23 passes with an interception, totaling 192 yards. he is backed up by rookie Pat Ryan.
Royer said the Jets will look at "eight nor nine quarterbacks from our emergency ready list.
"Under NFL rules," said Royer yesterday, "we are only allowed to have Mark Manages in camp for one day. He will have a workout tomorrow (Tuesday) and based on that workout we will do one of three things. We will make room on the roster for him. We will tell him he is our No. 1 selection to be our third quarterback and we'll get back to him, or we will tell him we are not interested this year but would like him to try out again next year."
Royer would not say what other quarterbacks the Jet are looking at.
Reached at his apartment near the Maryland campus, where his completing undergraduate studies, Manges said, "I'm really excited about it.
"They told me they want to carry three quarterbacks. I'm just going to give it my best shot. I'm not really worried about their quarterback situation. I just want to crack that barrier and get in the NFL.
"If I could be with them for five to seven weeks while Todd gets well, I might have a chance to impress them. I don't know what they have in mind. But after I got the call, I was sky high."
Manges also was scheduled to speak yesterday with representatives of the Canadian Football League Hamilton Tiger Cats, who reportedly want to make Manges an offer for next year. Manges said he will not make a decision about CFL until he feels more certain about the possibilities of playing in the NFL.
"Over the weekend, I had a few friends over and made them run pass patterns," said Manges. "I just wanted to throw a couple times. I feel ready to let them see what I got."