New York Jets: Could Bryce Petty be future franchise QB?
It’s no secret that the New York Jets have one big question mark when it comes to their quarterback situation heading into next season. At the current moment, the Jets have four athletes at the most important position on the team that will all try to make their case to be under center come next season to take this team back to being a contender again. With Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and the newly drafted Bryce Petty all in the mix, do the Jets currently have their future franchise quarterback on the roster already?
When the Jets drafted Petty in the 4th Round of the 2015 NFL Draft, fans all across the nation were interested to see if he could finally be the answer at quarterback they’ve been looking for in quite some time. Make no mistake about it, Petty has the skill-set to one day be something special.
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At 6’3″ and 230 pounds, Petty has an arm that makes him a prototypical NFL-like quarterback that is capable of making any pass with ease and precision. In his collegiate career at Baylor, he contributed 8,195 yards for 62 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Could he be the one to prove he’s a better starting candidate than Smith?
Head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that Smith is the starting quarterback heading into training camps this summer which pretty much means it’s his job to lose. In Petty’s case, he’s unfortunately nowhere near ready to be a starter in the NFL come next season.
Having run a spread offense in his four years at Baylor, Petty will need a few years of coaching and development before he can efficiently run a pro-style offense. He has tremendous potential but isn’t there just yet. Unless he really is amazing this summer, Petty will be on the sidelines learning as much as he can as a backup.
Overall, Petty brings much to the table as the Jets can finally have someone in development to hopefully one day be a stable and effective starting quarterback. The Jets have a terrible track record of developing quarterbacks so hopefully this time around, they get things right with Petty since he could be the answer they’ve been looking for all these years.
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