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Making the case to have a real quarterback competition on the Jets

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Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets still have a huge question mark at quarterback, no matter who they bring in via free agency of this year’s draft. Here’s to making a case of the Jets having a real quarterback competition to finally have answers.

As of this point in time, the New York Jets are gearing up for what should be a big offseason towards rebuilding for a brighter future. They’ve made a plethora of roster cuts to get under the salary cap in order to make some moves come free agency. They also have been preparing for what should hopefully be a good 2017 NFL Draft class.

The only problem is the uncertainty at the most important position on the team. It’s no secret that the quarterback position is one big question mark that still remains to be answered. The big problem with the Jets is their unwillingness to do what many other NFL teams do in this particular situation.

It’s not hard in the grand scheme of things. The Jets need to grab a veteran quarterback via free agency as an insurance policy and have all three options duke it out this summer in training camp. Once the best person emerges as the clear-cut option to put the Jets in a position to win football games, they should keep the starting quarterback position all year long. Of course, if they get hurt or have a steep decline in play, perhaps a quarterback change is in order but once a decision is made, the organization needs to fully support him.

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The Jets don’t know what they have in either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg and they’ll never know unless they let them play at some point. Training camp is ideal since everyone should have an equal opportunity to get enough reps to see who gives the Jets the very best quarterback play out of the bunch.

Once a winner is revealed and announced, then the rest of the depth chart at quarterback will also sort itself out. If let’s say the Jets do bring in a veteran option such as Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, or even Mike Glennon for example, they should also have an opportunity to compete for the starting job.

Nothing should be given and the starting position should be earned. If the Jets stick to that mentality, then the quarterback situation will figure itself out where it matters most on the gridiron. Having a real quarterback competition is the best way to go and no matter what veteran option the Jets bring into the mix, shouldn’t be handed the job just because of their name.

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