With the New York Jets after a stellar performance from Bryce Petty in preseason Week 2, it’s time for them to consider all options, including trade.
The quest of the New York Jets for an undefeated preseason fell short Friday night after losing to the Washington Redskins. Although this loss didn’t fall at all on the shoulders of quarterback Bryce Petty.
Petty by all respects had a pretty stellar game in preseason Week 2 throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns. While Petty continues his quest to unseat Geno Smith as the backup quarterback, it seems all for naught.
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Smith may have had a poor game against the Redskins with multiple incompletions and a really bad interception. It’s only one preseason game, but the Jets need to capitalize on the stocks of their quarterbacks.
After the game Petty said he wants to make this a difficult decision for the Jets in two weeks. Well, the Jets can make it an easy choice by simply selling him off to the highest bidder over the next two weeks.
Hear me out here, let’s be honest, the Jets aren’t going to keep four quarterbacks no matter what happens. Instead of playing this cat and mouse game, the Jets can sell off their young talent for draft compensation.
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The Jets already lost a fourth round pick in 2017 due to the Brandon Shell draft day trade, why not add another pick to the class?
Would the Jets really feel comfortable handing over the reigns to the franchise to an inexperienced quarterback from a gimmicky offense at Baylor?
Or better yet, handing over the keys to a rookie quarterback in Christian Hackenberg? The Jets can’t rely on a kid to run a win-now team.
Smith has NFL starting experience which can’t be simulated on top of that he has a grasp of the offense. During post-game, head coach Todd Bowles got heated with reporters when discussing the uncertainty of the quarterback depth chart. Here’s the transcript, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
Todd, you said last week that there really isn’t a competition for the number two quarterback job…
No I said Geno was number two and Bryce was number three, that’s what I said. I didn’t say there wasn’t competition, I said right now Geno is number two and Bryce was three.
Obviously they’re going up against different competition, but Bryce really looked more fluid today, could Bryce push Geno for the job?
Anybody can push anybody for any job. We’ll look at the film and we’re going to evaluate it. It isn’t just the throws you have to look at, you also have to look at the body of work and everything else that happened in the game.
Bowles, you don’t have to defend the competition aspect, there’s nothing wrong with saying Smith is my guy. It’s good that you don’t say that to the media because that would drive down Petty’s trade value obviously.
Behind closed doors, going with Smith as your backup is the safest decision you can go with. It’s tough to say what teams would give up for Smith in a trade, but Petty could bring in something.
Petty while inexperienced, has the golden word attached to him, “potential”. Teams would jump at the chance to add a young gun to their farm system. The Jets are going to smell the daisies because they won’t lose Petty for nothing.