Bryce Petty demands better of himself after loss
Quarterback Bryce Petty of the New York Jets demanded better of himself with his performance against the New York Giants in Week 3 preseason action.
As quarterback Bryce Petty works hard to secure his roster spot on the New York Jets, he knows that he’s on the bubble. It wouldn’t be unheard of for the Jets to carry their four current quarterbacks into the regular season but it would mean sacrificing a spot somewhere else.
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We won’t know what will transpire behind closed doors but it’s safe to say that Petty knows that if he performs poorly again in preseason action and practice, he could be on the outside looking in. It remains to be seen what will go down but as of right now, Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting, Geno Smith is his backup and if the Jets keep just three quarterbacks heading into 2016, that final spot is between Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
Against the New York Giants in Week 3 of the preseason, Petty totaled 59 passing yards, five completions, zero touchdowns, and an interception. At the end of the day, stats are half the battle as the previous two preseason games, Petty looked sharp and executed well.
Whether it was due to the nervousness of fighting for his job or unable to break down the Giants’ defensive scheming, Petty ended up having a bad game in limited action. He made a crucial mistake and paid dearly for it as the Giants’s defense were in a position to make a big play at his expense. A play he will undoubtedly be seeing multiple times when breaking down game film this week.
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Petty will, of course, learn from this game and hope to continue proving his worth to the Jets.
It won’t be easy since these decisions that lie ahead on roster cuts only get difficult as time progresses.
It all comes down to if the Jets believe he can be groomed to be a franchise quarterback in the future or whether they feel Hackenberg has more upside.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Petty had to say about his performance and why he demanded better of himself in the grand scheme of things:
On how he thought he played…
Definitely not the outcome I wanted, especially on the last play. I knew I was going to be limited series wise and wanted to put the best foot forward and build off the last two weeks. As far as reads go, as far as executing, I felt mentally really, really good. Just that last play, that’s kind of the one that sticks in my mind. I had three series and we put points on the board but I was a little late to (Charone) Peake on the outside there and left the ball inside. That’s not a ball I miss. Then we go three and out. We were driving again on the third series and then just a really stupid mistake on my part of not dirting that ball. I’ve got to see that it’s not there and just dirt it and take the field goal.
On if his interception was a timing issue…
It’s a stupidity thing on my part. I can’t let that happen. We’re in the red zone, we’ve got points, if it’s not there, make the smart decision to throw it away. I was doing that but I didn’t do it the smartest way it should’ve been done, which is just throwing it as hard as you can at his feet and live to see another down. I have to learn from that, we’ll never let that happen again. We’ll get better from it.
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Overall, Petty has a high enough football IQ to bounce back from this game and end the preseason with everything he’s got. If he’s able to stay on the Jets for the upcoming season, he’ll continue his progression to one day be in a competition to earn a starting position. If not, the journey will begin again for Petty who has a lot of football left in him to continue showing he can be an efficient quarterback in the NFL.