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Coffee with the Jets: Who starts under center in Week 1?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws a pass during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws a pass during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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A loyal reader asks from the gut, who will ultimately be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets under center in Week 1? Time to analyze over a hot cup of coffee.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Here’s a huge thank you to every single person that serves in our Armed Forces to protect this beautiful country of ours. Also, rest in peace to those lost, as I send positive thoughts and prayers out to those affected. While many will be enjoying today all across the country, some still wonder what exactly is going to happen with the New York Jets and their starting quarterback situation this upcoming season.

At this point in time, the Jets will have an open quarterback competition to determine their next starter once training camp is officially here. It pretty much comes down to Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg. Analysts predict that the Jets will ultimately go with McCown since he’s a veteran and should be able to beat out the other quarterbacks since they might not ready to consistently perform as starters yet.

When it comes to my Coffee with the Jets series, I love talking football over coffee with loyal readers. Today’s question comes from David via my Twitter account. Here is what he asked around the most important position on the Jets:

@LTJ81 From the gut… who is behind center Week 1?

— David R. (@Hello_Davey) May 26, 2017

Thanks for your question, David! From my gut, it’s going to be Petty. The reason is, everything is right there for the taking. In my opinion, McCown’s leadership and ability to help hone the craft of the young quarterbacks around him are the big reasons why the Jets acquired him in the first place, not to necessarily start this upcoming season.

McCown hasn’t won many football games over the past few years and well, Hackenberg is still a year or two away from being starting material. Petty has starting experience, granted, not a lot, but if it wasn’t for his injury last season, would have continued to showcase his talent. The Jets want to rebuild the right way with youth as it makes sense that if Petty is showing he’s more than ready to deliver, they should go with him to start the regular season since he’ll have a plethora of young talent around him to work with.

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It’s hard to predict what will happen come training camp but Petty will undoubtedly be inspired to prove his worth and silence his critics. Expect to see him rise to the occasion and pick up where he left off from last year. Petty will be behind center to start the regular season for the Jets.

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