Two quarterbacks in two drafts, and a quarterback signed in 2017. The New York Jets were definitely wise not to draft another one in the NFL Draft.
In the 2015 NFL Draft, the New York Jets drafted Bryce Petty, quarterback out of Baylor. That gunslinger didn’t throw a pass in an NFL game until late in his second year.
In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg, quarterback out of Penn State in the second round. This particular quarterback didn’t throw a single ball in his first year.
Heading into this upcoming season, the Jets have a golden opportunity to see what both these young quarterbacks can do. It’s expected one of them should win the upcoming quarterback competition this summer and hopefully usher in a new era under center.
Luckily, the Jets didn’t mess things up by drafting another quarterback. If the Jets were to have drafted another one in this year’s draft, it would destroy the confidence of both their young quarterbacks.
These guys have relatively nothing on their resumes, and they deserve the chance to prove themselves.
The Jets should have an open competition between both young quarterbacks, and whoever performs the best should get the starting spot.
Quarterback Josh McCown shouldn’t start at all since it’s time the Jets let the young guys duke it out with the best man earning the starting position.
If that quarterback struggles after the first half of the year, then the other young quarterback should start in the second half.
By Week 15, if both quarterbacks play poorly, then McCown should have a chance to pad his not-so-beautiful stats a little bit.
Now, if both of these quarterbacks play poorly, then it may be time to draft another, but they have to give these guys a chance. If these young quarterbacks never get the chance to prove themselves, then what was the point of drafting them in the first place?