When it comes to the quarterback situation of the New York Jets, they currently have four players on the depth chart heading into training camp. The starting spot will be between Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick and be decided upon later this summer. Whichever candidate does not earn that starting spot will then be the Jets’ primary backup. After that, the third and final spot on the depth chart at quarterback will be between Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps. It’ll be a tough battle between both rookies that could end up with the player that doesn’t make the cut released from the team or end up on the practice squad.
In his entire college career, Heaps contributed 5,233 passing yards on 497 completions for 32 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He was pretty impressive for the Jets during rookie mini-camp which is why they wanted to keep him along to see how he performs with full pads and gear on come training camp time.
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The truth of the matter is, compared to Petty, Heaps could end up being the odd man out. The amount of upside Petty has is pretty big compared to Heaps which doesn’t bode well in his favor.
While many feel Petty is worth investing in to possibly be a franchise quarterback down the road, Heap would have to put on quite the show to keep his name in the minds of many.
If Heap proves he is worth keeping around, he should at the very minimum end up stashed away on the practice squad in 2015. If not, he will be one of the training camp casualties that happens to those that just aren’t quite ready yet to make an impact in the NFL. In my honest opinion, unless he puts up some consistent performances throughout training camp, he will most likely end up on the practice squad when all is said and done.