For the New York Jets, the saga continues with their quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick remains reluctant to re-sign as the Jets are stocking up on quarterbacks now hoping for the best this upcoming season.
It’s never easy to figure out who will be the best option for the Jets to be their starting quarterback in what they will hope to be another consecutive season above .500. Last year, they ended at a 10-6 final record and looked like a team heading in the right direction. They had their weaknesses, mostly from a lack of a consistent pass rush and not having quality depth on their offensive line.
Fitzpatrick posted an incredible season for the Jets and even broke an all-time record with touchdown receptions at 31. It was easily the best season of his career as many felt it was a no-brainer that he would be brought back for another season or two to keep the momentum going. So far this offseason, it’s been anything but easy to come to an agreement with Fitzpatrick that satisfies both sides in contract negotiations.
120 Sports as noted in the video above, made some excellent points in that at the end, it looks like the Jets are trying to convince the football world that all will be fine with the team, regardless of who is under center. Truth of the matter is, this team has addressed their issues so far this offseason to focus on a heavy run-oriented offensive system and a strong defense.
The Jets focused their efforts in free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft on adding some better pass rushers and offensive linemen. Their rushing attack has been overhauled to now feature a new three-headed monster featuring Matt Forte, Khiry Robinson and Bilal Powell.
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When it comes to what happens come training camp time, the Jets, like any other team, will bring in a ton of options to ultimately figure out who deserves a roster spot all across the depth chart outside of their first team units.
They recently signed undrafted free agent quarterback Jason Vander Laan who will be simply a training camp arm if he even lasts all throughout preseason football.
This whole standoff with Fitzpatrick is getting to the point where the Jets could very well stick with what they have and again, focus on beating teams with a potent ground game and their stout defense. If they can get average quarterback play with a signal caller that does well in time management and limiting turnovers, they should be just fine heading into the regular season.
If Fitzpatrick does indeed re-sign with the Jets, they literally could have a depth chart with four quarterbacks during the regular season. For a team that hasn’t had a franchise quarterback in a very long time, it’s the best situation they could have as it’s best to have more options at the position than relying on just one.
In a perfect world, Fitzpatrick comes back as their starting quarterback and continues to groom Petty, Smith and now Hackenberg. Reality says he will more than likely not come back due to his high demands for a big contract in order to retain his services as the Jets would be best advised to work with what they got and not overpay for him. Considering Smith has starting experience, it’s his last chance towards redemption and actually play with a much better supporting cast this time around as he should easily beat out everyone to once again, be under center as a starter.