Quarterback Bryce Petty put up a solid effort in his preseason Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. He played well enough to earn his roster spot.
It’s unusual in the NFL for a team to carry three quarterbacks unless of course, you’re the New York Jets. For decades now, the Jets are still searching for a franchise quarterback worth building around to ensure consistent success. It hasn’t been easy as they had some potential quarterbacks worthy of such praise but ultimately didn’t work out in the long run.
At this point in time, the Jets still don’t know what they have in quarterback Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty. Last week, Hackenberg earned some praise for playing well under center. This week? Not so much as it looked like he regressed big time but not all of it is entirely his fault. The offensive line of the Jets didn’t play consistent at all and well, a quarterback needs protection in order to do his job.
For Petty, he performed well as the Jets let him play for the entire second half and totaled decent numbers. Petty completed 15 passes for 160 yards and an interception. Keep in mind, however, that lone interception came on the final play of the game as he took a shot in the end zone to try and force a touchdown in.
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Either way, Petty’s performance was a sign that he’s heading in the right direction since things weren’t looking so good for the third-year quarterback.
At least for now, he’s done enough to prove that he might be worth keeping around at least for this season.
It’s no secret that Petty was on the roster bubble due to not showing progress during training camp and his abysmal performance last week in the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Either way, considering the lackluster performance Hackenberg did against the Detroit Lions, Petty more than likely earned his roster spot for 2017. There is still hope that he can continue to grow and be a viable option at the most important position on the team in the future.