The New York Jets are getting ready for the biggest draft in franchise history. What happens now with Bryce Petty if they do end up drafting another quarterback?
Even before this offseason began, the writing was on the wall for quarterback Bryce Petty. In his three years with the New York Jets, Petty hasn’t done much of anything to secure his spot in their long-term plans.
Last season, Petty was abysmal and proved that the Jets will consider selecting him in Round 4 of the 2015 NFL Draft as a mistake. Luckily, it was just a fourth-round pick and nothing higher since it would have been scrutinized for years to come.
The Jets made a huge trade not too long ago in order to move up in the 2018 NFL Draft. They went from the No. 6 overall pick to No. 3 with just one goal in mind. No, they’re not going to draft a top pass rusher, cornerback, or even an offensive lineman.
The only reason the Jets made the move that they did, which was the right thing to do, is to finally draft their future franchise quarterback. Once the Jets select one with the No. 3 overall pick, what would ultimately happen with Petty?
Well, in the grand scheme of things, it might spell the end of his tenure with the Jets. It was a career that had a lot of bad moments compared to very few good ones. In 2016 and 2017, Petty totaled 1,353 passing yards, 130 completions, four touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
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Needless to say, the Jets will likely cut Petty at some point this offseason or simply keep him in the mix as an arm to have in training camp. It’s highly unlikely he makes the final roster of the Jets if he is even kept towards the end of this summer considering the Jets currently have him, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Christian Hackenberg currently on the roster.
If they draft another quarterback, that’ll be five quarterbacks on the roster which is an excess amount to have heading into Week 1. Ideally, the Jets will at least keep two, possibly three quarterbacks once all is said and done. It’ll likely be McCown, Bridgewater, and their newly drafted quarterback.
If Bridgewater doesn’t end up making the final roster, it’s even possible for the Jets to keep just McCown and their rookie quarterback for next season. Either way, unless the current leadership regime feels they want to see more of what Petty can do, he likely played his last game wearing a Jets uniform. Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall since the end of last season so it’s not likely he’ll be kept beyond the end of this summer.