The one major takeaway from OTAs
By Michael Pallas
Bryce Petty’s success in the Organized Team Activities of the New York Jets is essentially meaningless, but how well he does with the offense in camp and preseason games will be more telling.
According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the New York Jets quarterback competition is a three-horse race, and Bryce Petty is currently running third
In that article by Cimini, what Petty said was actually right:
“It’s OTAs,” he said. “How do you have an underdog?”
Petty is still very much in the learning phase. Under new offensive coordinator John Morton, the Jets are expected to run a West Coast style offense. We should expect Petty to struggle a little early on because he has absolutely no experience in that offense.
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The basis of the West Coast offense is multiple reads and anticipation of who will be open. When Petty was at Baylor, the Bears ran the Spread Offense, and Spread and West Coast couldn’t be further apart.
The version of the Spread he ran at Baylor was a one-read offense. Now, he has to go from read to read and back again. It will take quite some time to learn that and get the kinks out.
Let’s take the performances at OTAs with a grain of salt. First, Josh McCown has experience in the West Coast system. So, he should perform better. Secondly, McCown’s lack of arm strength is a detriment to the growth of this team.
OTAs are a perfect place to learn, grow and fail. Let’s see what happens when training camp opens. He will have plenty of time to absorb the playbook and fix his mistakes. If he’s making the same mistakes in camp, then, we can start to put McCown ahead of him. Right now, Petty is learning, and it’s meaningless.