As the New York Jets have a new quarterback controversy on their hands, Bryce Petty is already ahead of Geno Smith in terms of play-style and poise. He’s making a serious case to be the main backup on offense.
There is never a dull moment when it comes to the quarterback situation of the New York Jets. It’s changing weekly as at this point in time, quarterback Bryce Petty is cementing himself as a better option to have as main backup. A week ago, quarterback Geno Smith made his case why he should be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart with a solid outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At this point in time, head coach Todd Bowles has some very difficult decisions ahead. Besides the quarterback controversy that’s brewing over the No. 2 spot up for grabs, he will have the final say on what players to keep in order to field the best possible roster in 2016. His philosophy is a bit old-school but quite simple in that the best players will fill out the final depth chart and roster.
For Smith, that means his lackluster performance in preseason action against the Washington Redskins was something that will take away some of the momentum he’s built. In preseason Week 2, Smith totaled just 47 passing yards, six completions and an interception. Seeing Smith throw that interception into triple coverage largely proved why general manager Mike Maccagnan had to re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for 2016.
Petty has looked incredibly sharp the last two weeks not only in training camp but where it matters most. His performance against the Redskins in preseason Week 2 was very good as he totaled 242 passing yards, 16 completions, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
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It’s important the Jets have a solidified backup quarterback in place as anything can happen once the regular season arrives.
There is no guarantee Fitzpatrick will be healthy all season long and should he get hurt, the best available backup should be able to step in and take care of business.
Petty so far has proven he can handle it if given the opportunity.
Earlier in training camp, rumors were surfacing that Petty might be on the roster bubble due to the Jets thinking about heading into 2016 with three active quarterbacks.
Petty undoubtedly used it as motivation as ever since then, he’s been playing lights out football. Fighting for his job has now put him in a position to surpass Smith straight to the No. 2 spot.
Overall, Petty has a fire under him and is looking to prove that not only is he better than Smith but when his number is called, can effectively run the Jets’ offense successfully. Whether the Jets keep all four quarterbacks or not for 2016, Petty is making sure he’s not giving up anytime soon.