Could Bryce Petty be on the roster bubble?
Quarterback Bryce Petty saw some preseason Week 1 action against the Tennessee Titans but it was uneventful, to say the least. It looks like he’s on the roster bubble in the grand scheme of things.
The New York Jets won their first game of the preseason with a 7-3 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Jets defense played well and Christian Hackenberg stepped up and delivered when his number was called on offense. Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well for Bryce Petty.
Petty only completed six passes for just 17 yards and well, has mostly been working with third-stringers. Needless to say, this could be the writing on the wall for Petty and his tenure so far with the Jets.
So far during training camp, Josh McCown has been getting the majority of first-team reps, with Hackenberg working with backups and even got some first-team reps as well. Petty has been mostly playing with players that more than likely be will training camp casualties with a few landing on the practice squad.
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Of course, things can change as there is still a lot of training camp and preseason games left to be played but as of now, it looks like Petty is indeed on the roster bubble. He didn’t exactly silence his critics last season either in the small sample size he played as a starting quarterback.
In 2016, Petty only totaled 809 passing yards, three touchdowns, and seven interceptions before getting injured that effectively ended his season. Now, it looks like Hackenberg is in the spotlight to be the one worth keeping around for the future.
Last season, the Jets went into the regular season with three quarterbacks, which in the NFL is a pretty rare sight. Most teams tend to keep at least two on the depth chart, a starter and a backup in case they get injured or have a steep decline in play. Could the Jets follow suit and consider going into the upcoming season with just McCown and Hackenberg on the depth chart?
It’s definitely a possibility considering the Jets will have a plethora of money to spend next offseason in free agency and if they do have an abysmal year where they only win a handful of football games, they’ll end up with a top-five first-round draft pick. They’ll more than likely draft yet another quarterback and have him duke it out with Hackenberg to hopefully be a franchise quarterback worth building support around.
If this is the plan, it’s easy to see the Jets cut ties with Petty and focus on the continued development and progression for Hackenberg in 2018 and beyond. Hopefully, Petty will make the most of his opportunities from here on out but it’s not looking good at this point in time.
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