What to expect from Bryce Petty in 2017 with the Jets
By Samuel Sutton
The New York Jets didn’t see much promise in Bryce Petty when he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016. Is he able to improve, and become a franchise quarterback this upcoming season?
After multiple losses and interceptions from veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, it became very clear that he wasn’t the answer at quarterback for the New York Jets. The team probably would’ve used their other veteran, Geno Smith, but he had a torn ACL. They also had their second-round pick, Christian Hackenberg, but they didn’t feel he was quite ready. So, they went with their next option, one-year quarterback, Bryce Petty.
Petty showed some potential, but not anything special. His starting record was 1-3, and he had three passing touchdowns with 809 passing yards. He only had a 56.4 completion percentage, as well as seven interceptions. All of this accumulated into a 60 percent quarterback rating.
These aren’t impressive numbers, but because he didn’t have many reps with the starters in practice, he didn’t really have a chance to put up a lot of positive numbers. Even though it wasn’t the best, the team should still go with him as their starter for next season.
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It’s difficult to get a good look at Petty with those four games. If they really want to know what he’s got, they need to give him enough reps in the offseason and give him the nod as a starter in 2017.
They probably won’t be disappointed either. Petty is poised, he isn’t bothered by pressure, and he’s got a really strong arm. If they work on his decision making, his timing with the receivers, and his accuracy, then he will probably develop into the franchise quarterback they need.
Also, if he doesn’t pan out, they have their other young option in Hackenberg, and if they’re smart they will also have a veteran option signed in the offseason.
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The big thing they shouldn’t do is taking everything away from the young players on their roster, and draft a rookie in the first round. That would be unfair to the young players who didn’t get the chance they deserved, and it would ruin their careers.