Is Bryce Petty Next In Line For The Jets?

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By: Hunter Cooke
October 17th, 2016

 

The Jets have had some offensive woes to say the least. At this point, it’s relatively safe to say that Geno Smith hasn’t really worked out, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has been one of the worst starters in the NFL up to this point.

It’s even safer to say that the Jets are looking to the future after they took Christian Hackenburg out of Penn State in this year’s draft. There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of this franchise, and while it doesn’t make complete and total sense to hang that around the neck of former Midlothian and Baylor star Bryce Petty, it may be the Jet’s only option very soon.

Petty’s been out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, but he was cleared and was back working with the scout team this week. He’s been splitting reps with Hackenburg in that situation, and the pair will be the only Jets quarterbacks under contract in 2017.

With Fitzpatrick playing as bad as he has, it’s not too ridiculous to think that Petty could be the quarterback of the future for the Jets, provided he beats out Hackenburg in practice and none of the current Jets two deep at quarterback impress. The former Baylor stud lead the Bears to some of their most successful seasons on the field of all time, and has been more than okay in preseason competition. Petty has still never logged a snap in actual competition, but that shouldn’t dissuade the Jets from potentially taking a chance on the Midlothian great.

The offensive travesty that is the New York Jets won’t be solved overnight, even by a quarterback with talent like Petty’s. There’s some serious issues all over the field for the proud franchise, but Petty is looking to be part of the solution.

There’s little to no chance that Petty plays tonight, but the play of Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith will tell us a lot about his future with the Jets. If the two continue to crash and burn, and if Hackenburg doesn’t impress in practice, then New York might have little choice but to go with Bryce Petty.

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