There’s a forgotten man with the New York Jets, and his name is Bryce Petty.
The talk around the New York Jets has been about free agent acquisition Josh McCown and the bridge to Christian Hackenberg as if quarterback Bryce Petty doesn’t exist. Everyone is ready to jump ship on Petty, but just like with Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, we need to be patient. The ultimate questions when it comes to this are why are we ready to abandon ship already on Petty? Why are we so impatient?
Petty was drafted by the Jets in 2015. Then, the Jets signed Ryan Fitzpatrick. That was followed by a punch to Geno Smith, which was subsequently followed by the best quarterback performance in team history. Then, last season happened.
Petty is coming from a college system that isn’t conducive to producing NFL quarterbacks. It’s not only a system that pads quarterback stats, but it’s a one read system. So, it’ll take some time for Petty to get used to scanning the whole field and finding the open man.
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All in all, Petty has played in a total of six games (four starts). In those games, he’s only thrown 133 passes, hardly enough of a sample size to determine whether or not he can actually play the position at this level, given where he came from.
We’re all too quick to judge people. That’s especially the case when we’re starving to see the team win another Super Bowl.
The Jets should avoid a quarterback early in this year’s draft. They should also not even consider tanking for Sam Darnold.
The Jets don’t know what they have in their two young quarterbacks. It’s been a revolving door at quarterback, and it’s time to stop that. Instead of being quick to kick someone to the curb, let’s give him a chance to prove he’s bad first. Then, we can move on to Hackenberg, or whoever is next in line.