The New York Jets need to start quarterback Bryce Petty if they lose against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. In such a case, it would be time to focus on the future at quarterback.
Before the New York Jets can get to that future, they need to evaluate the talent that is currently on the roster. That leaves you with pretty much Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Petty sat all of 2015 the and clearly showed that hard work paid off. He was looking much improved in preseason action and despite a shoulder injury, is on his way to fully be ready to play in 2016.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick regressing and Geno Smith now hurt, the options have changed at quarterback. If the Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, it will mark a low point for the already 2-5 Jets that would put them at six losses.
An NFL Playoff berth is nearly impossible unless a miracle happens with the New England Patriots coming up twice. If that’s the case, the Jets need to see if Petty is starting quarterback material and let him play. Especially against heated division rivals in the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Patriots.
In doing this, it would also work out the rookie kinks and adjustments in an already failed season, rather than sabotage an entire season in 2017. It’s best Petty gets starting reps now than having him go through such progression at the start of next season if he’s under center.
If Petty doesn’t show the Jets much, then you are in a position to draft a quarterback and work on rebuilding the Jets’ aging offensive line through the NFL Draft.
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Hackenberg then begins his process of competing for starting quarterback next season or even a backup role. The Jets can then bring in a veteran quarterback for injury protection at a way lower price than Fitzpatrick.
If Petty shines, the Jets can focus on repairing the secondary through the draft and sign offensive lineman who will produce immediately via free agency. Remember, the Jets have mostly underutilized their roster.
A quarterback with better accuracy and arm strength to get the ball on time with accuracy would lift this Jets group up and it’s not happening with Fitzpatrick. Not even factoring in Brandon Marshall or any other receiver in the Jets arsenal.
Allowing Fitzpatrick to continue being the starting quarterback with a loss this Sunday set’s your evaluation of talent back and your organization timetable back. This would be a huge gaff by the organization and a disservice to Petty if they follow this route. Jets fans deserve a franchise quarterback and the time is now.