Quarterback Bryce Petty of the New York Jets will continue to get his final audition for the future throughout the final few games left of this season. Head coach Todd Bowles has some advice for his continued development.
It’s no secret that the New York Jets have always had issues at quarterback. From inconsistency, busts, and well, just flat out terrible play, Gang Green is truly hoping that they found a diamond in the rough from drafting quarterbacks these past few years.
The Jets have drafted both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg with hopes that they could develop into something great over time. So far, Petty seems to be the favorite to finally usher in a new era at quarterback hopefully starting next season.
When head coach Todd Bowles announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be benched for the rest of the season last week, it was time for Petty to step up and deliver. While his game against the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t his best, he showed a lot of grit, heart, and compassion to get the job done.
Winning fixes everything and Petty did his part to bring the Jets back from a big deficit and leave a road game victorious. Of course, Petty has a lot to work on but over the next final weeks left of the regular season, the experience he’s getting will be tremendous moving forward.
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Hopefully, the Jets stick with both Petty and Hackenberg for next season as their starting and backup quarterbacks, respectively. While it does make sense to bring in an inexpensive veteran quarterback as insurance, Petty should be able to solidify himself as an early favorite to land the starting job with another offseason under his belt.
Bowles had some great advice for Petty based on what he saw last week against the 49ers. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said he’d like to see from Petty over the next few weeks:
On what he is seeking from Petty over the next three games…
I’d say better command of the offense, the clock, game management, throwing the ball, making the right reads, throwing the ball to the right place, and just getting comfortable within the offense. Allow himself to play for more for who he is as opposed to just being in the system and allowing some of his moxie to come out with some of the things he can do well like move in the pocket and get his legs moving and get involved. You hope to see some of the corrections with the reads made in the coming weeks and making those type of throws and getting better from there.
Overall, Petty looked good last week and will only continue to hone his craft towards becoming an even better quarterback. It’s best the Jets stick with their in-house options and not waste their time or money on an overpriced veteran quarterback when they might very well have everything they need in Petty.